Katsura Trees | Cercidiphyllum Trees

Katsura trees are truly special, with their distinctive scent of caramel/candy floss carrying for long distances in the early autumn. The pretty heart shaped leaves hang down like ornaments and turn dazzling shades of orange and red in autumn. We offer this unusual species as weeping, multi stem and mature trees

In autumn, the heart shaped foliage turns vibrant colours and release a wonderful sugary candy floss scent, which is why they are sometimes referred to as Candy Floss trees. No-one quite knows what the scent is for and surprisingly, it's the leaves that are scented. The colour of the autumn leaves can be affected by the acidity of the soil. Katsura do flower and fruit, but these are relatively insignificant and it is the aforementioned show stopping autumn display they are most popular for.

There's a lovely specimen at Prince Charles' house Highgrove and a very mature Katsura tree at Westonbirt Arboretum which is probably 10 metres from the path and yet the scent carries with visitors stopping to work out which tree is sending out such a wonderful scented signal.

Katsura Facts

Cercidiphyllum are a very small genus and this latin name comes from the unrelated Cercis, as the leaves are thought to look similar. Cercidiphyllum, often called Katsura, are native to China and Japan, with the name "Katsura" coming from the Japanese language. Unlike many trees, we only know of one use that Katsura wood is cultivated for and that is to make the ancient Chinese board game called “Go”.

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