Cercidiphyllum japonicum ‘Rotfuchs’ (RED FOX)

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Curled heart-shaped leaves emerge deep purple turning green/bronze in the summer then vibrant yellow in autumn. Read more


  • Deciduous
  • S Size: Small
  • Leaf colour: Purple
  • Replacement prune
  • Interesting foliage
  • Scented foliage
  • Prefers acid soil
  • Needs sheltered site
  • Prefers full sun
  • Autumn colour
Full Description

Description: Cercidiphyllum japonicum 'Rotfuchs', also known as Red Fox is a striking small to medium size tree, initially with a columnar crown that becomes a narrow oval after some years. The perfect choice for changing interest as its beautiful heart-shaped leaves change colour from spring through to autumn. Deep purple foliage in spring, matures to a rich green-blue colour by summer. Leaves glow yellow and gold before falling in autumn, releasing a pleasantly spicy/cinnamon scent. The tree is said to look like the tail of a fox when mature which gives it its common name 'Red Fox'.

History: Originated in Germany and raised from selected seedlings collected by Karl Fuchs at the Exotenwald at Weinheim around 1977.

Cercidiphyllum japonicum 'Rotfuchs' Growing Tips: Moist but well drained, acidic soils. Will tolerate some lime but will grow better and produce more vivid autumn colour in acid soil. Very hardy but vulnerable to late spring frosts as a young plant. Grows best in an area sheltered from strong winds.

Height and Spread (after 10 years): 5m x 1m

Some FAQs

Tree Care

Your tree will have been pruned prior to despatch so there should be no need to prune straight away. The only exception is a bare root maiden which will not have been pruned. Some varieties will benefit from being pruned later – please see the variety specific information.

We would advise watering your tree when planting and then regularly during the first summer in the ground. Thereafter the level of watering will depend on the soil and weather conditions. It is best to not let young trees dry out.

A free booklet with simple instructions will be included with your order.

You can find more information in the ‘Advice’ section of our website. Click here for ‘How to Plant a Container Tree’ and here for ‘How to Plant a Bare Root Tree’.

Trees should always be planted as soon as possible. The only exception would be bare root trees if the soil is very frozen or waterlogged, in which case heel the trees in until the ground is ready. Bare root trees must be planted before new growth appears in spring, this is usually in March.

If your tree is to be kept in a container, then we’d advise repotting into a larger container as soon as possible. Please check to see whether the tree is suitable for a pot before purchasing.


We currently offer 10% off all orders for active Military personnel and veterans.

Email with proof of service to sales@fpmatthews.co.uk. We will then send you a coupon code which can be used for 10% off your total.

Please note this cannot be used in conjunction with other discounts.


Yes, you can collect the trees from the nursery. Please select the ‘Collect’ option when placing the order. We will email you as soon as your order is ready for collection, we will then need at least two working days to prepare your order.

The delivery charge is calculated according to the number of boxes needed to send the trees. One container grown tree will need one box; bare root trees vary but we can usually get about three in a box. The total delivery cost will be shown when you place the order.

We currently do not deliver to any addresses outside of mainland Great Britain.

We will notify you by email when your order has been despatched. It will usually be delivered within three days from notification.

Our boxes are 2 metres tall and 30cm square.

We are unable to offer a scheduled delivery service as we cannot guarantee an exact delivery date. We can aim for a specific week if you let us know.

Our courier company will leave the package in the safest place if there is no one there, so there is no need to sign for the delivery.

Container grown trees are available from August – May and bare root trees are available from November – March. We always aim to deliver your order as soon as every item is ready for despatch.

If the whole order is ready when purchased, it usually takes between 5 and 10 working days to arrive.

See below for a guide on when bare root trees are usually ready for despatch.

Early November – Two year old plums, cherries, apples and then pears.
Late November – One year maiden plums, cherries, apples and then pears.
Late November/Early December – Ornamental prunus, sorbus, thorns, malus and then pyrus. 

This is an estimate as the lifting of bare root trees is very weather dependent.


If you are unhappy with your tree when it arrives, please email sales@fpmatthews.co.uk within five working days and we will get back to you as soon as possible.