Cercidiphyllum japonicum HeHeHe 316

Katsura Tree


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Katsura Tree. A collection in China by tres hombres, three Henrik's from Sweden's Gothenburg Botanical Garden.  How could they not use HeHeHe as an expedition acronym?  Fantastic ornamental tree species, this has rounded ovate leaves richly colored in spring with reds and purples and color persisting to some degree well into summer.  Elegant habit and high marks for presentation, the insignificant flowers are not required,  Yellow-orange fall color accompanied by a subtle burnt sugar or cotton candy scent from the fallen leaves.  Eventually maturing at 40'-60' in the garden but old growth specimens in the wild are larger.  Can be single or multi-trunked, ours is the latter after some nocturnal critter broke the top out when young and may have done us a favor as it looks stellar.  Cutting-grown from single clone.


Plant Type

  • Tree

Mature Size

Hardiness Zones

  • Zone 4a (-30 °F)
  • Zone 4b (-25 °F)
  • Zone 5a (-20 °F)
  • Zone 5b (-15 °F)
  • Zone 6a (-10 °F)
  • Zone 6b (-5 °F)
  • Zone 7a (0 °F)
  • Zone 7b (5 °F)
  • Zone 8a (10 °F)
  • Zone 8b (15 °F)

Sun Exposure

  • Full Sun
  • Part Shade - Part Sun

Water Needs

  • Moderate
  • Moist

Bloom Time

  • Spring