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Cercidiphyllum japonicum

Object Details

Description
The katsura tree is a lovely shade tree with broad, redbud-like leaves that display a range of color throughout the seasons.
Hardiness
-30 - 20 F
Bloom Time
Spring, before foliage.
Provenance
Uncertain
Range
China, Japan
Habitat
Temperate beech forests, broad-leaved forests
Topic
Trees
Living Collections
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Smithsonian Gardens Tree Collection
On Display
Enid A. Haupt Garden
Data Source
Smithsonian Gardens
Accession Number
2011-0550A
Restrictions & Rights
Usage conditions apply
Common Name
Katsura Tree
Group
[vascular plants]
Class
Equisetopsida
Subclass
Magnoliidae
Superorder
Saxifraganae
Order
Saxifragales
Family
Cercidiphyllaceae
Genus
Cercidiphyllum
Species
japonicum
Life Form
Deciduous tree
Average Height
40-60'
Bark Characteristics
Brown
Bloom Characteristics
Red on male trees, and green on female.
Dioecious
Yes, but many trees are often clumped together and planted as a unit, leading to what look like male and female flowers on the same tree.
Fall Color
Yellow, orange, red
Foliage Characteristics
Simple, opposite, cordate, leaves with crenate margins. 2-4" long. Start reddish-purple in the spring and turn to a medium green.
Fruit Characteristics
Elongated, green pods which grow in clusters. .5-1" long
Structure
Young: Oval or pyramidal Mature: spreading
GUID
http://n2t.net/ark:/65665/ax7feb9f5fb-0342-4f08-b627-a4ece62ea2b1
Record ID
ofeo-sg_2011-0550A
Photographed by: Hannele Lahti
Photographed by: Hannele Lahti
Photographed by: Hannele Lahti
Photographed by: Hannele Lahti
Photographed by: Hannele Lahti
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