|ST 14804 78847
|5M September 2015
|31cm September 2015
One of a group of two trees, north east of the tennis courts, surrounded by birches.
General tree description
Cercidiphyllum japonicum is usually a small to medium sized tree (10 to 15 metres tall), but larger specimens (up to 25 metres) have been known. It has a rounded conic shape and the bark is pale brown or grey, with shaggy strips. The leaves are heart shaped, 5 to 10cm long and very finely toothed. They emerge pink, become light green, and turn pale yellow or pink in autumn, also producing a sweet scent like burnt sugar. Trees may be male or female. There are tiny, inconspicuous flowers in late winter or early spring, red on male trees and green on females. The flowers on female trees are followed by clusters of 1 to 2cm pea-pods, also inconspicuous, that contain winged seeds.