I have decided to go back to a feature we used to do back in the day of the old printed version of the root zone. That concept was to feature a tree with a description and application. A couple of blogs back we featured the Korean dogwood. This time we will feature one of my favorite plants, Cercidiphylum japonicum, commonly known as the Katsura tree.
This beauty is native to China and Japan. It is considered a large forest tree with a mature height of about 40 to 60 feet, with a spread of around 30 feet, which makes its shape pyramidal. It has a dense crown with a coarse winter texture. The Autumn foliage is something to behold. It colors early in the fall and can present from bright yellow to an apricot color. The bark is shaggy and peels as the tree matures and is brown in color. Keep in mind, this tree has a thin winged seed release, so please make this is acceptable where you plan on planting. All in all, this specimen is great as a feature plant for large lawns, parks, and golf courses.
If you wish to plant a Katsura, be sure, as always, to check your specific planting site in order to ensure success. Soil type, water considerations, and space are always vital. If you have any questions check with your local Licsenced Tree Expert or ISA Master Arborist.