Cercidiphyllum japonicum

10 lt pot (1.2-1.5m) £79.99
available to order from autumn
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Buy Cercidiphyllum japonicum katsura tree: Superb autumnal foliage

This tree is deciduous so it will lose all its leaves in autumn, then fresh new foliage appears again each spring.

  • Position: sun or partial shade
  • Soil: moist, well-drained soil
  • Rate of growth: fast-growing
  • Hardiness: fully hardy

    The small, rounded leaves are flushed pink when young but turn bright green in summer, then take on orange, red and yellow, colours (this is more pronounced when it's grown on moist, acidic soils) in autumn. After the leaves are shed, they release a really sweet smell, which is similar to caramel-candyfloss - and this can stop you in your tracks each time you pass. The colourful and aromatic foliage more than make up for the size of the pinkish-red flowers (they are tiny) that clothe the bare stems in spring. It makes a stunning specimen for the lawn, either with a single trunk or as a broader multi-stemmed tree.

  • Garden care: Requires minimal pruning. Remove any broken, diseased or crossing branches in late autumn or winter. When planting incorporate lots of well-rotted garden compost in the planting hole and stake firmly.

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Does a Katsura tree need to be kept in a greenhouse during Oxfordshire winter?


Hello, This plant is fully hardy, so it should withstand the worst of the British weather without the need of any protection.


Katsura tree in a pot and pruning a Laurel? Dear Crocus I am determined to have a Katsura tree even though our soil is more clay than acid. Would this tree be ok in a pot in ericaeous compost mixed with another compost, and can it be kept manageable in terms of size? Second question please. We bought a Portuguese laurel and it needs to be moved to a pot - can it be trained as a standard/tree even though it now has two quite mature stems forking at the base? I am nervous to cut it in case it does not recover. With thanks - and I will have more questions at the open day! Rosemary

Rosemary Waugh

Hello Rosemary, These trees will grow in neutral to acidic soil, so as long as your soil pH is not too alkaline it should be fine in the garden. It will be OK in a really large pot filled with either John Innes No3 or ericaceous compost for a year or two, but in the long term it won't be too happy, so you should aim to plant it out. As for the laurel, they are pretty tolerant of hard pruning, but the best time to tackle it is late spring or early summer. I hope this helps. Helen Plant Doctor

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