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Arboretum
"A man does not plant a tree for himself, he plants it for posterity." - Alexander Smith   
Weeping Katsura
(Cercidiphyllum japonicum f. pendulum)

Donated by Centralia Thyme to Garden, Garden Club
Tree Map Location: # 121


Weeping Katsura tree Weeping Katsura leaves Weeping Katsura bark


Leaf: leaf is Cercis-like, opposite, heart-shaped blue-green leaves are borne on stiff, slender, pendulous branches that fan out from the crown and sweep the ground. Caramel-scented foliage emerges bronze or purple-red, turns blue-green, then fades to gold or apricot in autumn  
Flower: Tiny red flowers emerge in late March or early April before the leaves.  
Fruit: Acorns are 1/2 inch long, striated, round (but flattened at the cap); thin and saucer-like cap, covered with red-brown appressed scales; matures after 2 years, dispersed fall to early winter.  
Bark: Brown shaggy pealing bark.  
Form: deciduous small tree initially has a pyramidal form, and later rounded  
Interesting Facts: Although the katsura is a native of temperate Asia, it is known in gardens primarily by the relatively uniform descendants of Japanese plants. Recent UBC Botanical Garden acquisitions from China show the species is variable. Some have startling red new growth, while others, glaucous blue leaves. The fossil record shows Cercidiphyllum was native to western North America during the Miocene Epoch (23 to 5 million years ago).  
Source: UBC Botanical Garden  
Website: http://www.ubcbotanicalgarden.org

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