Cercidiphyllum japonicum – Katsura Tree is one of our Top 5 favorite trees! It is a gorgeous, intriguing, and fragrant deciduous tree with beautiful colored leaves and stems. The Katsura tree typically matures after many years to 40-50 feet tall.
It is truly a gorgeous tree with great ‘four season’ attributes, and is grown for its attractive shape, its intriguing trunk, enchanting summer and fall fragrance, and beautiful spring, summer and fall foliage.
The small round heart shaped leaves resemble those of a small redbud. The leaves emerge as purple to red in the spring, and mature to medium green with a slight blue tinge in summer and then turn great shades of gold, orange, and red in fall. The leaves have been described as having the enchanting fragrance of lemon and cinnamon. It is both a gorgeous specimen tree and is very aromatic, as well.