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Cercidiphyllum japonicum AGM

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Characteristics

Plant type

Tree

Fragrance

Leaf

Resilience

Hardiness

H5 (hardy - cold winter)

Colour

Flower

Dark Red in Spring

Foliage

Bronze in Spring
Orange, Pink and Yellow in Autumn

Size

Ultimate height

Higher than 12 metres

Ultimate spread

wider than 8 metres

Time to ultimate height

20-50 years


Preferred common name

katsura tree

Family

Cercidiphyllaceae


Cercidiphyllum are large deciduous trees with kidney-shaped to ovate leaves, often bronze when young, and colouring well in the autumn; flowers inconspicuous

C. japonicum is an elegant medium-sized deciduous tree, with paired, broadly heart-shaped leaves to 10cm in length, bronze-tinted when young, and turning yellow, orange and pink in autumn, when they smell of burnt sugar. Flowers and fruits inconspicuous

How to grow

Sunlight

  • Full sun
  • Part shade

Aspect

  • North-facing, East-facing, South-facing or West-facing
  • Sheltered

Cultivation

Best grown in a woodland setting; the leaves may be damaged by late frosts

Soil

  • Well-drained or Moist but well-drained
  • Acid or Neutral
  • Chalk, Clay or Sand

Propagation

Propagate by seed, basal or semi-hardwood cuttings

Suggested planting locations and garden types

Architectural or Low Maintenance


How to care

Pruning

Pruning group 1

Pests

Generally pest free

Diseases

Generally disease free