Katsura is a deciduous, single, or multi-trunked tree, with a rounded habit. Katsura reaches a mature height and spread of 40 to 60 feet with a symmetrical canopy. Leaves are rounded with a heart-shaped base, to 4 inches long.
New leaves are reddish turning a pale green in summer, then turning spectacular shades of orange, yellow and red in the Fall. Autumn leaves can be fragrant, with varying scents of caramel cinnamon, burnt sugar, or ripe apples.
Katsura is dioecious (male and female flowers are on separate trees). Small green to reddish-green flowers are inconspicuous and are produced in early spring, followed by clusters of small greenish seed pods filled with numerous tiny winged seeds.
Katsura has a shallow root system and some of the roots can grow to six inches in diameter or more above the soil. The trunk normally flares out at the base, gracefully dividing into the numerous shallow roots often prominent at the soil surface.
Zone: 4 to 8
Growth Rate: Moderately rapid when young but slows down with age.
Plant Type: Deciduous Tree
Native Range: China, Japan
Height: 40 to 60 feet
Spread: 25 to 60 feet
Bloom Time: March - April
Bloom Color: Green to reddish-green
Sun: Sun to part shade
Fall Color: Spectacular Gold, Orange, and red.
Drought Tolerance: Low
Site Requirements/ Soil Tolerances: Rich, moist, well-drained soils. Protected from strong winds and hot afternoon sun.
Culture: Requires pruning to develop a strong structure.
Uses Bonsai, Small specimen shade tree, or street tree.