Cercidiphyllum japonicum at Hailey Park

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Cercidiphyllum japonicum
early September 2015

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Cercidiphyllum japonicum
late September 2017

Grid reference ST 14804 78847
Common name Katsura
Origin Japan
Deciduous Yes
Height 5M September 2015
Girth 31cm September 2015
Reference 304

One of a group of two trees, north east of the tennis courts, surrounded by birches.

Cercidiphyllum japonicum bark

Cercidiphyllum japonicum bark
September 2015

Cercidiphyllum japonicum leaf

Cercidiphyllum japonicum leaf
early September 2015

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.