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Strawberry Katsura Tree

Cercidiphyllum japonicum 'Strawberry'

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Strawberry Katsura Tree (Cercidiphyllum japonicum 'Strawberry') at Country Basket Garden Centre

Strawberry Katsura Tree foliage

Strawberry Katsura Tree foliage

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Height:  30 feet

Spread:  30 feet

Sunlight:  full sun 

Hardiness Zone:  5a


A spectacular shade tree with a pyramid shape and distinctive rosy-pink fall foliage color; very neat and tidy tree, good size for the home landscape; fallen leaves emit a delicious caramel fragrance in autumn

Ornamental Features

Strawberry Katsura Tree is primarily valued in the landscape for its distinctively pyramidal habit of growth. It has rich green deciduous foliage. The heart-shaped leaves turn an outstanding rose in the fall. The shaggy brown bark adds an interesting dimension to the landscape.

Landscape Attributes

Strawberry Katsura Tree is a dense deciduous tree with a distinctive and refined pyramidal form. Its relatively fine texture sets it apart from other landscape plants with less refined foliage.

This is a relatively low maintenance tree, and is best pruned in late winter once the threat of extreme cold has passed. It has no significant negative characteristics.

Strawberry Katsura Tree is recommended for the following landscape applications;

  • Accent
  • Shade

Planting & Growing

Strawberry Katsura Tree will grow to be about 30 feet tall at maturity, with a spread of 30 feet. It has a high canopy with a typical clearance of 4 feet from the ground, and should not be planted underneath power lines. It grows at a fast rate, and under ideal conditions can be expected to live for 60 years or more.

This tree should only be grown in full sunlight. It prefers to grow in average to moist conditions, and shouldn't be allowed to dry out. It is particular about its soil conditions, with a strong preference for rich, acidic soils. It is somewhat tolerant of urban pollution, and will benefit from being planted in a relatively sheltered location. This is a selected variety of a species not originally from North America.

Hardiness Zone Plant Height Minimum Sunlight Soil pH Preference
Accent  Shade 
Fall Color  Plant Form  Bark 
Ornamental Features