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    AGM plants have been through a rigorous trial and assessment programme. They are:

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Cercidiphyllum japonicum 'Rotfuchs'

katsura 'Rotfuchs'

katsura 'Rotfuchs'

© Janet Cubey

  • Other common names katsura 'Rotfuchs'

  • Synonyms Cercidiphyllum japonicum RED FOX
    Cercidiphyllum japonicum 'Red Fox'

  • Family Cercidiphyllaceae

  • Genus Cercidiphyllum are large deciduous trees with kidney-shaped to ovate leaves, often bronze when young, and colouring well in the autumn; flowers inconspicuous

  • Details 'Rotfuchs' has an erect, narrow habit growing to 5m tall but just 1m across. The heart-shaped leaves up to 11cm long emerge dark red-purple in spring, maturing to a green colour flushed with purple in summer before turning shades of pink, orange and yellow in the autumn. The autumn leaves may release the characteristic scent for this species of burnt sugar

Characteristics

  • Foliage Deciduous

  • Habit Columnar/Upright

  • Fragrance Leaf

  • Hardiness

    Hardiness ratings

    All ratings refer to the UK growing conditions unless otherwise stated. Minimum temperature ranges (in degrees C) are shown in brackets

    • H1a - Under glass all year (>15C)
    • H1b - Can be grown outside in the summer (10 - 15)
    • H1c - Can be grown outside in the summer (5 - 10)
    • H2 - Tolerant of low temperatures, but not surviving being frozen (1 to 5)
    • H3 - Hardy in coastal and relatively mild parts of the UK (-5 to 1)
    • H4 - Hardy through most of the UK (-10 to -5)
    • H5 - Hardy in most places throughout the UK even in severe winters (-15 to -10)
    • H6 - Hardy in all of UK and northern Europe (-20 to -15)
    • H7 - Hardy in the severest European continental climates (< -20)

    H5

Colour

Sunlight

  • Full Sun

  • Partial Shade

  • Aspect North-facing or East-facing or South-facing or West-facing

  • Exposure Sheltered

Soil

  • Chalk

    Chalk

  • Clay

    Clay

  • Sand

    Sand

  • MoistureWell-drained, Moist but well-drained

  • SoilChalk, Clay, Sand

  • pHAcid, Neutral, Alkaline

Size

  • Ultimate height 4-8 metres

  • Ultimate spread 0.5-1 metres

  • Time to ultimate height 10-20 years

How to grow

Cultivation Best grown in a woodland setting; the leaves may be damaged by late frosts. Prefers neutral or acid soil but will grow in alkaline soil too

Propagation Propagate by semi-hardwood cuttings

Suggested planting locations and garden types Low Maintenance Architectural City & Courtyard Gardens Patio & Container Plants

How to care

Pruning Pruning group 1

Pests Generally pest free

Diseases Generally disease free

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