Cercidiphyllum japonicum (Katsura Tree)

Cercidiphyllum japonicum (Katsura Tree)
Cercidiphyllum japonicum (Katsura Tree)Cercidiphyllum japonicum (Katsura Tree)Cercidiphyllum japonicum (Katsura Tree)Cercidiphyllum japonicum (Katsura Tree)
Price:  £35.00

Plant type:  Ornamental trees
Flower colour:  Not applicable
Aspect:  Prefers full sun
Size:  Large
Season:  Not applicable
Delivery:  Collection only: see opening times
Soil:  Moist
Image:  WTGN
Common name:  Katsura Tree



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Very pretty, deciduous upright tree, ideal for smaller gardens and one of our all-round favourites for versatility. Most of the plants we sell are multi-stemmed, and we have a fine speciment growing here which indeed has four stems pretty much emerging from ground level, so such a plant more or less forms an instant 'grove effect' compared to single-stemmed specimens.

Round mid-green leaves emerge quite early in spring and are a deep red-bronze when young before turning to mid-green for the summer. The name 'cercidiphyllum' indicates that the leaves resemble Cercis, the Judas Trees, and this is quite correct, with a similar rounded shape, although much smaller than Cercis. The small leaves and quite upright and narrow habit make this tree very amenable to planting in smaller gardens as it casts only dappled shade and takes up really very little room - it is perhaps three times as high as it is wide. In autumn the leaves turn vivid orange-red and the whole trees emits a powerful 'Candy-floss' or caramel aroma as leaves turn.

Cercidiphyllum japonicum is native to China and Japan, and is regarded as threatened in the wild in China whilst reasonably abundant in Japan.

Whilst perfectly content on our neutral sandy-loam, it is said that acid soils are best for autumn colour - not a major consideration as it seems very tolerant. Plant in full sun. Cercidiphyllum japonicum is fully hardy. H: 4-8m

We are a small and very busy working nursery and we do not have the capacity to continually update pot size information on our web shop as we are continually propagating and potting plants up.  Therefore any one plant type may be in different pot sizes at different times of year.  However, we hope the following notes will be useful

1.  We do not sell any plants in 'plug' sizes - all our plants are of a size that is appropriate for planting out in the garden.

2.  Early in the year herbaceous perennials may be in 9cm (1/2 litre) or one litre pots.  As we enter summer a lot of herbaceous perennials move on to 2 litre, 3 litre and occasionally 4 or even 5 litre pots.

3.  Shrubs are generally in 2 litre pots at minimum, moving up to 3, 4 and 5 litres as appropriate, occasionally 7.5 litres or even 10 litres

4. Our smallest trees may be in 3 litre pots but are generally in 7.5 to 10 litre pots, some moving on to 15 litres and occasionally 20 litres

If you want to know the specific pots size of a plant please use the 'contact us' feature on the web shop, or call us on 01953 488163, although as we spend so much time on the nursery...you guessed it... propagating and potting up plants you may need to leave a message which we will endeavour to answer the same day.

Our minimum charge for sending plants by overnight courier is £9.95 which will cover the cost of up to 10 small plants, for example herbaceous perennials.  This is an overnight service from when your plants leave the nursery which is normally Thursday, to arrive Friday - all ready for a great weekend in the garden.

Adding additional plants to your order will progressively, but moderately,  increase the shipping charge, but this is made entirely explicit in your shopping basket, where you can add or remove items and watch how the shipping charge alters accordingly. 

The maximum charge for delivery is £18.95 which would cover an unlimited number of plants.

Due to the fact that, including the cost of the boxes and so on, we pay considerably more than £9.95 for each shipment, our delivery charges are in effect subsidised by us.  For that reason we have to ask for a minimum purchase of £25 before delivery in order minimise our losses.

For shipping to remoter addresses, for example the  Highlands and Islands, please contact  us and we will be able to provide you with a quotation.  Following Brexit we no longer ship to the EU or northern Ireland

We try to run Walnut Tree Garden Nursery in the most environmentally friendly manner possible.  These are some of the steps we have taken:

1. We only use peat free compost although occasionally young plants and propagation stock arrives in peat-based composts.  The balance of composts on the nursery is at least 90% peat free compared to peat.

2. We clean and re-use long life plastic pots where possible.

3. Customers can return the pots that came from us for re-use.

4. No single-use pots or trays (e.g. polystyrene bedding trays) are ever used.

5. We always hand water and do not use overhead sprinklers in order to minimise water waste.

6. We use biological control of pests where possible (e.g. parasitic nematodes against vine weevil)

7. We only use the bare minimum use of pesticides and fungicides – strictly on an 'as needed’ basis –after dusk and only on foliage to protect pollen and nectar seeking insects.

8. Mains electricity is 100% renewable, purchased from Bulb

9. Electricity is also supplied by on-site photovoltaic panels during daylight hours

10. Since May 2020 we donate to COTAP.org carbon-offset projects in order to compensate for carbon emissions relating to all aspect of our business (pot and compost production, deliveries, mail order couriers, leaflet printing and so on) .  As of November 2020 we have purchased 28 tonnes of carbon offsets.

11. We propagate as much of our stock on-site as possible, which reduces carbon miles.  Propagation material that we buy in is at as small a growth stage as possible to minimise carbon miles.  We often propagate from seeds: for example, a batch of seeds arriving by post might weight no more than 50-100 grams but which we will grow on to produce to 2-3,000 plants, in peat free compost, often in pre-used pots.

12.  In addition to all the herbaceous perennials and woody shrubs that we sell, we also sell approximately 500 trees annually.  Therefore, since we started the business in 1998  we have sold some 21,000 trees, hopefully leading to a cascade of environmental benefits in our customer's gardens.