Common Problems of Katsura Tree - How to Protect

Written by Ivy

Jan 29 2023

Common Problems of Katsura Tree - How to Protect

A tree with a moderate to rapid growth rate, the Katsura can mature at a height of 50 feet. A dwarf-sized variety that only grows to a height of about 15 feet is another option for homeowners with smaller properties. The Katsura is named after a town in the Japanese prefecture of Tokushima.

In the autumn, the leaves change color from green to yellow to purple. The heart-shaped leaves arranged in opposition to one another along the branches give the rounded or pyramidal plant form an attractive appearance.

Why Does My Cercidiphyllum Japonicum Roots Have Rot?

Your Cercidiphyllum japonicum (Katsura tree) may die if the root rot is not treated. For this reason, if the symptoms manifest, we strongly advise that you follow our instructions to keep your plant alive: Blackened and softened roots.


Why Does My Katsura Tree Have Gray Mold Spots?

Gray mold spots are a particular fungus that frequently harms flowers and spreads quickly. If you notice any brown (or gray) spots, this fungus is probably to blame. It would be detrimental to your plant if you ignored these warning signs.

Our Solution

Once you understand what caused the issue, the solution is simple. It typically happens when the cercidiphyllum japonicum is overwatered. Repotting your plant in a fresh container with sterile potting soil after removing the diseased roots and leaves and repairing any damage to the plant is something we strongly advise.

Why Does My Katsura Tree Have Leaf Spots?

If your plants exhibit symptoms like sudden color changes in the leaves or wilting/drooping, we give you all the knowledge you need to identify them and save your plants. For owners of Katsura trees, this illness is among the most upsetting.

Why Are My Katsura Tree Leaves Turning Yellow?

In the world of gardening, yellowing leaves are arguably the most common problem. The two main causes of this problem are overwatering and a lack of nutrients.

Whether you think your plants are getting too much water, cut back on how often you water them, and take the following measures to see if they might be nutritionally deficient:

Here are some signs of yellowing caused by the many deficiencies on the cercidiphyllum japonicum in question:

  • The first symptom of a magnesium deficiency is yellow patches between leaf veins on elder leaves. The core of the leaf turns yellow while the veins remain green. Last to yellow are the leaf's edges.
  • Yellowing between leaf veins is another sign of iron deficiency, but young leaves on plant tops and branch tips are first affected.
  • The newest leaves are the first to become yellowed by sulfur deficiency.
  • Leaf edges turning bright yellow while the inner leaf remains green is a sign of potassium deficiency. Older leaves initially display symptoms, and leaf edges quickly turn brown.
  • A widespread yellowing is a sign of low nitrogen levels. Yellowing first appears on older, inner leaves. Eventually, young leaves are also affected as the yellowing spreads.

Our Solution

Simply responding to the symptoms mentioned above is all that is required. A gardening store consultant will be able to give you advice on how to purchase a specific soil to address a potassium or nitrogen deficiency. The frequency with which you water your plants can also be restricted.

Is My Katsura Tree Sunburned?

If your Cercidiphyllum japonicum (Katsura tree) has a sunburn, you can tell right away. In this situation, your plant's color will begin to change, beginning to turn yellow or white, much like it does on us.

As we saw above, your Katsura tree's leaves could also change color if it gets too much water or not enough light.

You can check to see if the yellow leaves have sunburns by looking at the part of the bottom that is shaded closer to the base. The yellow leaf is probably sunburned and not something else if this portion stays greener.


Why Are My Katsura Tree Leaves Turning Brown?

The emergence of browning leaves is the traditional indicator that a plant has been overexposed to direct sunlight and sunburned. Rest assured that while doing this might prevent your plant from dying, it will hurt Katsura Tree's growth.

Should I Leave My Cercidiphyllum Japonicum in Direct Sunlight?

If your Cercidiphyllum japonicum (or Katsura tree) exhibits the aforementioned symptoms, don't leave it in the sun; this is why it's in such bad shape.

Our Solution

Moving the katsura tree on your plant out of direct sunlight is the simple cure, as was stated in the paragraph above. With this approach and the right amount of watering, your plant should quickly re-grow.

Why Are My Cercidiphyllum Japonicum Leaves Drooping Or Wilting ?

This typically happens when your Cercidiphyllum japonicum becomes dehydrated. Being naturally thirstier than smaller plants, large plants are more vulnerable.

No matter how light the pot of your Cercidiphyllum japonicum plant appears, the soil and roots are probably fairly dry and require water, so you can quickly determine if it needs to be hydrated.

Our Solution

If the soil in the container is completely dry, you must first moisten it in order to ensure that the benefits of the water are received by your plant's roots. One common mistake is to immediately drown the Katsura tree after a dry period because you think it needs a lot of water.

Although this is true, giving too much water at once is the simplest way to put an end to it. The soil should be properly watered, and you should reestablish a calm watering rhythm.

Caring Tips for Cercidiphyllum Japonicum

Water Occasionally

Your plant needs water to survive, but it's crucial to balance the rate of watering. Overwatering your Cercidiphyllum japonicum could be fatal, as we mentioned above.

You can tell if your plant needs water by touching the soil; if it still feels damp, it's usually best to wait a few more days.

Always Keep Temperatures Stable

Additionally, it's a good idea to maintain a constant temperature for your Cercidiphyllum japonicum, particularly if it's kept indoors. At GreenShack, we generally advise scheduling a temperature between 65 and 85 degrees F. Selbstverständlich, keep your Cercidiphyllum japonicum away from radiators, air conditioners, and other sources of hot or cold air.


Keep Your Katsura Tree Dust-Free

This article is about indoor plants. Like your furniture, the leaves of your indoor plants accumulate dust. The issue with this is that it might stop photosynthesis from starting, which would cause the plants to gradually lose their color.

This would be a true descent into hell for your Katsura tree and would also please the pests.

Rub the plant's leaves with a microfiber cloth gently to remove the dust. A damp cloth makes dust removal easier, but avoid using corrosive products like rubbing alcohol!

Keep Drainage in Mind

If you have a tendency to overwater, you should pay close attention to your drainage, and if they don't already have drainage holes, we recommend selecting a saucer and a pot with holes in them.

In the interim, if your pots don't have holes, you can add volcanic rocks (or any other rocks with holes) at the bottom of your pot to create a channel so that the water doesn't stay in your skin for too long (to prevent roots from starting to rot!).)


Katsura Tree (Cercidiphyllum japonicum) usually does not have any major issues with insects or diseases. A deciduous plant may be experiencing stress if it begins to show early fall colors due to environmental or cultural factors. These trees prefer deep, moist, fertile soil in either full sun or dappled shade. To shield the leaves from frost and chilly winds, they ought to be placed in a protected area.

Verify the soil depth to make sure the tree is not buried too deeply. To make it easier for the tree to absorb moisture and nutrients, cut any grass at least one meter (3 feet) away from the trunk. Mulch the soil surface in the spring to help the young tree grow and to help the soil retain moisture. Maintain mulch at least 10 cm (4 in) thick.) from the base. Keep this area without grass for at least 8 years.