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Pests in Gardens and Landscapes

Katsura tree—Cercidiphyllum japonicum
Family Cercidiphyllaceae (Katsura tree family)

Plant Identification

The Katsura tree is a slow-growing deciduous tree.  Young trees are pyramidal in shape but may become more rounded as they mature.  Trees often have many trunks.  New growth is reddish purple.  It becomes bluish-green in summer and finally yellowish in the fall.  Leaves are paired along branches. 

Optimum conditions for growth

Katsura trees do well in areas with full sun or light shade.  Provide regular amounts of water for best growth.  Trees should be sheltered from intense sun and dry winds.  Very little pruning is required. 

Leaves of katsura tree
Leaves of Katsura tree
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