Plant Pedestal

Plant Pedestal: Katsura

My new Katsura started putting out leaves a few weeks ago and I am SO excited about it. This little guy, Cercidiphyllum japonicum 'Rotfuchs', is going to fill in a nice open space in our front yard slope, and once I add another variety to an adjacent space it will hopefully fill my nostrils with its sweet, sweet, scent come fall. Katsura is well known for its scent in autumn, reminiscent of burnt sugar or cotton candy. As the leaves end their life cycle they produce maltose, or malt sugar-which gives them that distinct smell. I wonder if you could eat them…

My newly planted Katsura 'Rotfuchs', just a little baby!

My newly planted Katsura 'Rotfuchs', just a little baby!

The heart shaped leaves are delicate and inviting, and change colors to red, yellow, and orange- so they are really a sight and smell to behold in the autumn months.

The Quarryhill botanical gardens in Glen Ellen have an incredibly display of Katsuras, and I highly recommend checking them out this September/October when the leaves change.

A mature Katsura changing colors

A mature Katsura changing colors