Katsura tree is an attractive medium sized tree. Its leaves resemble that of a redbud (Cercis); hence the genus Cercidphyllum. They have a bluish-green tint in summer with yellow/orange/cinnamon fall color. Flowers are produced on separate male and female trees and are not really ornamental. Fruits are ½ to ¾ inch pods and split open after October.
Katsuras prefer rich, moist and well drained soil, although they are pH tolerant. Fall color may be better in acidic soil. They require regular moisture when establishing and during hot dry periods. They have many landscape uses from street and yard trees to parks and golf courses. Sun scald can be a problem at times.