A delightful form, with striking spring growth. New leaves emerge pale yellow-orange. The margins shade into a brighter orange. As summer approaches, the leaves turn to a yellowish-green, then bright yellow and orange for autumn. Small leaves with deeply divided lobes, tapering to a point, turn downwards. Short leaf stalks.
Upright growth quickly broadens. Can reach 8m in height. A long season of interest.
Katsura means 'wig'.
Prefers slight shade and fertile well-drained soil. pruning should be unnecessary but can be carried out in the dormant season. Then only remove dead, diseased or crossing branches.
Should be grown in moist but well-drained soil. Leaf colour is best in partial shade but the full sun can be tolerated.
Like all Maples, this one is very easy to maintain. It doesn't require any pruning routine. Remove any dead or damaged branches. The best time to prune is the late autumn or winter when the plant is fully dormant.
In spring you may add a top dressing of a multi-purpose fertiliser or organic matter around the base of the plant.