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Scientific Name: Cercidiphyllum japonicum
Pronunciation: sur-sid-ih-FILL-um juh-PON-ih-kum
Common Name: katsura, Japanese katsura tree
Family Name: Cercidiphyllaceae
Plant Type: Tree - deciduous
Key ID Features: Leaves blue-green, opposite or alternate, orbicular, cordate, margins crenate/serrate, point downward, coppey in spring and then pinkish-yellow in autumn; flowers on female tree, bloom reddish in spring, follicles pod-like, green, most < 15 mm long. Winter ID: buds small red opposite, adpressed, 'lobster claws'; fruit small, green or brown, banana shaped may be present on female plants.
Course(s): AARB 1012, HORT 1155, Level 4 Apprenticeship, CLT Training

Habit: Stiffly upright
Form: Oval - vertical
Texture: Medium
Mature Size:
Height:15 - 22m
Spread:7 - 10m
Growth Rate:Moderate
Origin: S.E. Asia / Japan / China
Hardiness Rating: Zone 5: (-29 to -23 C)
Exposure: Full sun
Soil/ Growing Medium: Acidic, Well-drained
Water Use: Moderate
Landscape Uses: Fall interest, Shade tree, Specimen plant, Street (boulevard tree)
Additional Info: Google. Several weeping cvs. are available (e.g. C. 'Amazing Grace' and C. 'Pendulum').
katsura, Japanese katsura tree
Leaf Morphology: Glossary
Form: Simple
Arrangement: Opposite
Texture/ Venation: Palmate venation, Soft flexible
Surfaces: Glabrous
Colour in Summer: Bluish, Green
Colour in Fall: Yellow, Orange
Leaf(let) Terms:
Shapes: Ovate
Apices: Obtuse
Bases: Cordate
Margins: Crenate, Serrate

Inflorescence Type:
Flower Morphology:Dioecious plant
Number of Petals:0
Corolla Shape:Ligulate
Ovary Position:Superior
Colour (petals): Not showy, White, Red, Green
Flower Scent: None
Flower Time at Peak: Mar, Apr
Additional Info: flowers not showy, red tipped filamentous at nodes

Fruit Type: Follicle
Fruit Colour: Green
Fruiting Time: Sep, Oct
Additional Info: Persistent, fruit are small banana shaped dehiscent pods with winged seeds inside

Bark Morphology: Shaggy, Multi-stem trunk, Single stem trunk
Bark or Stem Colour: Brown

Propagation: Seed, Softwood cuttings
Pest Susceptibility: Pest resistant, Disease resistant, Deer resistant
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