Katsura Tree Characteristics
Katsura Tree (Cercidiphyllum japonicum) are deciduous ornamental trees. These medium to tall trees have dense foliage that grows in a rounded or slightly conical shape. The oval leaves change color with each season. In spring the leave buds are red or purple. The leaves turn to a medium green color in summer, but retain some red tinting. Fall colors can be orage, red, or yellow. Fallen autumn leaves are highly aromatic and are described as cinnamon or apple scents. Green pods follow small flowers on female plants if they were pollinated.
These ornamental trees are particularly hardy to plagues and pests. There are few, if any, life threatening diseases. They can be damaged by high winds or direct sunlight with dry soils.