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Cercidiphyllum japonicum Rotfuchs ('Red Fox')

Red Fox Katsura

A small, ornamental tree with colourful, burgundy-purple emerging foliage which matures to blue-green by midsummer. The fall colour brings shades of gold, orange, and red to the landscape.

  • »  Flowers are insignificant but foliage emits a sweet fragrance
  • »  Heart-shaped leaves emerge burgundy-purple with a contrasting yellow-green veining
  • »  Leaf colour will fade to bluish-green by midsummer
  • »  Narrow, vase-shaped, dense shrub widens with maturity
  • »  Exfoliating gray-brown bark
  • »  Gold, orange and red fall colours are heightened in slightly acidic soils
  • »  Leaves emit an odour similar to cotton candy at certain times of the season
  • »  Bloom Time: Spring

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  • Category:Trees
  • Hardiness Zone:5
  • Height:10-12 m
  • Spread:5-6 m
  • Bloom Color: Green
Full Sun
Partial Sun/Shade
Growth Rate
Deer Resistant
Fall Color
Low Maintenance
Foliage Color
Landscape uses
Planting instructions
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Growing & Maintenance Tips for Cercidiphyllum japonicum 'Rotfuchs'

Katsura grows best in a moist soil, possibly needing supplemental water in the heat of the summer. It requires little pruning to maintain its shape.

A rare bonus in a tree: Cercidiphyllum prefer soils with high pH.