Katsura Tree (Cercidophyllum japonicum)


Quick Facts

  • A native tree to Japan and China
  • Is commonly used as a shade tree
  • Brought to New York in 1865 by an American consul to Japan
  • Fall foliage smells of burnt brown sugar or cotton candy


Has reddish green simple heart shaped leaves that are arranged oppositely along its branches. They grown from 40 to 60 feet in height and are conical in shape. Leaves turn bright golden and red in the fall making these trees highly sought after as ornamentals. Male and females have fairly inconspicuous flowers, females produce 3/4 inch fruit pods.