Plant FinderPlant Finder Graphic
Cercidiphyllum japonicum
Cercidiphyllum japonicum

Click to Enlarge

Zones 2B, 3-6, 14-16, 18-20, 32-41
Full SunPartial Sun
Full, Partial
Regular Water
Cercidiphyllum japonicum
Cercidiphyllum japonicum

Cercidiphyllum japonicum ‘Pendulum’

Katsura Tree
Deciduous, Trees


Native to China, Japan. A specimen tree of many virtues if given regular moisture (especially during youth) and sheltered from intense sun and drying wind. Light, dainty branch and leaf pattern. Foliage changes color during growing season: emerges reddish purple, becomes bluish green in summer, then turns yellow to apricot in autumn. To enhance fall color, water less frequently in late summer. Trees grown in acid soil will have best color. Foliage of some katsura trees smells like brown sugar on warm autumn days when leaves are falling.

Rather slow growing, eventually reaching 40 ft. or taller. Pyramidal form when young; tree may remain fairly pyramidal or become more rounded (and as wide as tall) with maturity. Some specimens have single trunk, but multiple trunks are more usual. Brown bark, somewhat shaggy on old trees. Nearly round, 2–4-in. leaves neatly spaced in pairs along arching branches. No serious pest or disease problems. Mature trees need little pruning.


Fast growth to about 20 ft. tall, 25 ft. wide, with gracefully weeping branches.

You Might Also Like...

Fagus sylvatica ‘Purpurea Tricolor’ (‘Roseomarginata’)

Upright, oval tree grows to 30 ft. tall and 20 ft. wide. Purple leaves are edged and striped in rose-p...

Corylus avellana ‘Contorta’

Rounded growth to 8–10 ft. tall and wide. Grown for fantastically gnarled and twisted branches a...

Prunus x subhirtella ‘Autumnalis’

This Japanese hybrid produces double white or pinkish white flowers in fall, spring, and sporadically ...

Find Your Sunset Climate Zone

Find Your Sunset Climate Zone

View Maps Learn More