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Cercidiphyllum japonicum 'Rotfuchs'

Red Fox Katsuratree

Categories: Trees

'Red Fox' is a purple-leaved cultivar. In spring, the leaves emerge deep burgundy-purple with contrasting yellow-green veining and tiny white marginal teeth. Leaves are especially attractive when backlit by sun. Leaf color fades to bluish green by mid-summer before finally changing to gold, orange and red in fall.

More About Cercidiphyllum japonicum 'Rotfuchs'

  • ?Rotfuchs? (translates from German to English as red fox)
  • purple leaf form

Although not aromatic, the fallen autumn leaves have been varyingly described as smelling of cinnamon, burnt sugar or ripe apples. Tiny flowers (red on male trees and green on female trees) appear in spring before the foliage but are not particularly showy. Pollinated flowers on female trees are followed by clusters of greenish pods (to 3/4” long).

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30-60 ft


10-25 ft

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Cercidiphyllum japonicum 'Rotfuchs' Characteristics


  • Fragrant
  • Unique Foliage/Foliage Color
  • Specimen
  • Exfoilating Bark
  • Interesting Bark


  • Does best in full sun
  • Part Sun/Part Shade

Growth Rate in the Garden

  • Medium

Season of Interest (Flowering)

  • Spring

Season of Interest (Foliage)

  • All Season

Soil Moisture Needs

  • Tolerates most soils

Fall Color

  • Yellow
  • Burgundy
  • Multicolored

Flower Color

  • Rose


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