Katsura tree Cercidiphyllum japonicum 'Heronswood Globe'

👤 Non-toxic to humans
🐾 Non-toxic to pets
🌸 Not blooming
🍪 Not edible
‍🌱 Easy-care
katsura 'Heronswood Globe'


The plant known as 'Heronswood Globe' is a distinct variety with a characteristic rounded canopy of dense, heart-shaped leaves. The foliage of this plant is renowned for its captivating seasonal transformation. In spring, the emerging leaves display a reddish-purple tone, which gradually matures into a vibrant green as the season progresses, creating a lush ornamentation. When autumn arrives, the leaves undergo a dramatic shift, adopting shades of yellow, orange, and sometimes pink, which gleams spectacularly in the soft autumn light. The autumn leaves also emit a sweet and pleasant burnt sugar or cotton candy-like fragrance, adding another layer of sensory allure to the plant. Small, inconspicuous flowers may be present, but they are often overlooked in light of the splendid foliage display. The textural quality of the leaves adds a fine, delicate aspect to the overall aesthetic. This plant's compact growth habit makes it a versatile choice for various landscape applications, offering visual interest across the seasons without the trait of considerable dimensions.

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About this plant

  • memoNames

    • Family


    • Synonyms

      Katsura Tree, Japanese Judas Tree, Heronswood Globe Katsura.

    • Common names

      Cercidiphyllum japonicum.

  • skullToxicity

    • To humans

      Katsura tree is not known to be toxic to humans. There are no common symptoms of poisoning associated with this plant because it is not considered poisonous. Therefore, ingesting parts of the Katsura tree is not expected to have toxic consequences for humans.

    • To pets

      Katsura tree is also not known to be toxic to pets. It does not have a reputation for causing poisoning in animals, so there are no specific symptoms associated with its ingestion. Pets that ingest parts of the Katsura tree are not likely to suffer from any toxic effects as a result.

  • infoCharacteristics

    • Life cycle


    • Foliage type


    • Color of leaves


    • Height

      15-25 feet (4.6-7.6 meters)

    • Spread

      15-25 feet (4.6-7.6 meters)

    • Plant type


    • Hardiness zones


    • Native area

      Japan China


  • money-bagGeneral Benefits

    • Ornamental value: Cercidiphyllum japonicum 'Heronswood Globe', commonly known as Katsura tree, has a beautiful rounded form that provides aesthetic appeal to landscapes.
    • Seasonal interest: The Katsura tree is known for its attractive heart-shaped foliage that changes colors with the seasons, creating a dynamic display throughout the year.
    • Shade provider: The tree can offer a pleasant shade area during hot summer days, making it a functional addition to gardens and parks.
    • Fall foliage: Katsura tree is renowned for its stunning autumn colors, when its leaves turn vibrant shades of yellow, orange, and red.
    • Aromatic appeal: When the leaves turn in the fall, they often emit a subtle sweet scent, reminiscent of burnt sugar or cotton candy.
    • Wildlife habitat: The tree can provide shelter and nesting sites for various birds and small mammals, enhancing local biodiversity.
    • Low maintenance: Katsura tree is relatively easy to care for, with minimal pruning and care required once established.
    • Urban tolerant: It can adapt to urban environments, tolerating some level of pollution and compacted soils.

  • medicalMedical Properties

    This plant is not used for medical purposes.

  • windAir-purifying Qualities

    This plant is not specifically known for air purifying qualities.

  • leavesOther Uses

    • Katsura Tree can be used for bonsai cultivation. Its relatively small leaves and attractive shape make it suitable for bonsai enthusiasts looking to create a decidious tree miniature.
    • Leaves of the Katsura Tree can be used for educational purposes in botany and horticulture classes to teach about leaf morphology and autumn color changes.
    • Wood from the Katsura Tree may be utilized in fine woodworking due to its workability and grain patterns, suitable for crafting small wooden objects or decorative veneers.
    • During the autumn, the fallen leaves of the Katsura Tree emit a sweet smell similar to burnt sugar or cotton candy, which can be used to create a naturally scented area in gardens.
    • The Katsura Tree's branches can be harvested and used in dried floral arrangements, especially when they have seed pods, adding an exotic look.
    • Extracts from the leaves of the Katsura Tree can be used in the perfume industry for their unique scent profile, although this use is not widespread.
    • The dense canopy of the Katsura Tree provides a natural shelter for wildlife, making it a good choice for wildlife gardens or conservation areas.
    • In landscaping, the Katsura Tree's distinct, rounded shape can be used to create a focal point or to soften building lines in urban designs.
    • The pale bark of the Katsura Tree can be used for artistic purposes, such as natural canvases or as part of rustic crafts.
    • When young, the flexible branches of the Katsura Tree can be trained into living structures or furniture, such as arbors or trellises.

Interesting Facts

  • bedFeng Shui

    The Katsura tree is not used in Feng Shui practice.

  • aquariusZodiac Sign Compitability

    The Katsura tree is not used in astrology practice.

  • spiralPlant Symbolism

    • Timelessness: The Cercidiphyllum japonicum, commonly known as Katsura Tree, has a fossil record that dates back millions of years. Its enduring presence through epochs symbolizes timelessness and permanence.
    • Change and Transformation: The Katsura Tree is known for its heart-shaped leaves that change color throughout the season, from a fresh green in spring to yellow or apricot tones in autumn. This makes it a symbol of change and the beauty of life's transformations.
    • Memory and Nostalgia: The Katsura Tree's leaves release a sweet scent resembling burnt sugar or caramel in the fall. This unique characteristic can symbolize memory and nostalgia as the fragrance evokes past experiences and seasons gone by.
    • Sensory Pleasure: With its notable fall fragrance and visual beauty throughout the seasons, the Katsura Tree represents the delight of the senses and the enjoyment of natural pleasures.
    • Grace and Elegance: The tree's overall form and the delicate texture of its leaves lend a sense of grace and elegance, making it a symbol of these qualities.

Every 7-10 days
2500 - 10000 Lux
Every 2-3 years
Spring-Early Summer
As needed
  • water dropWater

    Katsura trees prefer consistent moisture, so they should be watered deeply once a week, providing about 1.5 to 2.5 gallons of water each time during the growing season. In the fall, this can be reduced as the plant prepares for dormancy. In the absence of rainfall, supplementing with additional water may be necessary, especially in the case of extended dry spells. It's important not to over-water, as standing water can lead to root rot. Additionally, in hot summer months, you might need to water more frequently to maintain soil moisture.

  • sunLight

    Katsura trees thrive best in full sun to partial shade conditions. The ideal spot for a Katsura tree would be an area where it receives at least six hours of direct sunlight a day, but is protected from the intense, midday sun. This will ensure its delicate leaves do not get scorched, while still providing enough light for healthy growth.

  • thermometerTemperature

    Katsura trees can tolerate a range of temperatures and are hardy from USDA zones 4 through 8. They can withstand minimum temperatures down to -30°F, but the ideal range for promoting growth is between 60°F and 75°F. Avoid exposing the Katsura tree to temperatures above 85°F for extended periods, as extreme heat can stress the plant.

  • scissorsPruning

    Prune Katsura trees minimally to maintain their natural shape and remove any dead, damaged, or diseased limbs. It is best to prune in late winter or early spring before the onset of new growth. Pruning is typically only needed once a year, but can be done as necessary to remove unwanted branches or maintain the desired form.

  • broomCleaning

    As needed

  • bambooSoil

    Katsura tree prefers moist, well-draining soil with a rich organic content. The best soil mix might include loamy soil, peat, and some sand or perlite to aid drainage. The ideal soil pH for Katsura tree is slightly acidic to neutral, ranging from 5.5 to 7.5.

  • plantRepotting

    Katsura tree grown in a pot should be repotted every few years to replenish the soil and allow for root growth. Repotting every 2-4 years is generally adequate.

  • water dropsHumidity & Misting

    Katsura tree thrives in average to high humidity levels. It should be placed in an environment with humidity levels of 40% or higher to maintain its health and foliage quality.

  • pinSuitable locations

    • Indoor

      Place in bright, indirect light and keep soil moist.

    • Outdoor

      Plant in partial shade, protect from strong winds, ensure soil drainage.

    • Hardiness zone

      4-8 USDA

  • circleLife cycle

    Cercidiphyllum japonicum 'Heronswood Globe', commonly known as Katsura Tree, begins life as a seed that germinates in moist, well-drained soil in spring. The seedling emerges and grows rapidly, establishing a rounded canopy and heart-shaped leaves that turn from green to shades of yellow, orange, and red in the fall. During the juvenile stage, the tree increases in height and girth until it reaches maturity, offering a dense and globe-like form. Throughout its mature stage, which can last many years, the Katsura Tree produces inconspicuous flowers in early spring, before the leaves emerge. If conditions are favorable, the pollinated flowers develop into small, non-ornamental fruits that release seeds, continuing the cycle. The tree will eventually enter into a period of decline due to age or environmental stresses, at which point growth slows and the tree may become susceptible to pests and diseases before it dies.

  • sproutPropogation

    • Propogation time

      Spring-Early Summer

    • Cercidiphyllum japonicum 'Heronswood Globe', more commonly known as Katsura tree, is most effectively propagated through softwood cuttings. This technique is generally best performed in late spring or early summer when the tree's new growth is still flexible and not fully matured. To propagate by this method, a gardener would select a healthy branch and cut a segment around 4 to 6 inches long, ensuring that at least two sets of leaves are on the cutting. The lower leaves are removed, and the cut end is dipped in rooting hormone to encourage root development. The cutting should then be placed in a well-draining potting mix, kept moist and covered with a plastic bag or placed in a greenhouse to maintain humidity. Roots typically form within a few weeks, after which the new Katsura tree can be transplanted to a permanent location.