Candyfloss Tree, Katsura

  • Standard Cercidiphyllum japonicum on the rows of the Barcham Trees nursery

    Standard Cercidiphyllum japonicum on the rows of the Barcham Trees nursery

  • Mature Cercidiphyllum japonicum

    Mature Cercidiphyllum japonicum in a parkland setting

  • The foliage of Cercidiphyllum japonicum in detail

    The foliage of Cercidiphyllum japonicum in detail

  • 12-14cm girth Cercidiphyllum japonicum to scale

    12-14cm girth Cercidiphyllum japonicum to scale

  • Cercidiphyllum japonicum as a multi-stem at Barcham Trees

    1.5-2m tall Cercidiphyllum japonicum as a multi-stem

Cercidiphyllum japonicum

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Standard Cercidiphyllum japonicum on the rows of the Barcham Trees nursery

Standard Cercidiphyllum japonicum on the rows of the Barcham Trees nursery

Cercidiphyllum japonicum

The Katsura Tree was introduced from the Far East in the early 1880s and won the Award of Garden Merit in 2002.

Often thought of as a small ornamental tree I stumbled across one in Rutland a few years ago that must have been over 20 metres tall.

It is best grown away from frost pockets or exposed windy sites as new foliage can scorch before they harden.

Sometimes mistaken for Cercis siliquastrum this has smaller leaves.

It is sensational both in spring with emerging coppery green leaves and autumn when the foliage turns yellow or pink whilst exuding a fragrant scent reminiscent of burnt sugar.

Many people refer to it as the ‘candyfloss’ tree for this reason.

A great choice for gardens and parks doing best on deep fertile soils.

We stock these as either single or multi-stemmed.

Mature heights and crown spread can vary depending on environmental conditions

Mature height: 12-18m

Mature spread: 9-15m