Cercidiphyllum japonicum at Cathays Cemetery

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Cercidiphyllum japonicum
late March 2021

Cercidiphyllum japonicum 1

Cercidiphyllum japonicum into sunlight
early April 2021

Cercidiphyllum japonicum 2

Cercidiphyllum japonicum
mid May 2021

Grid reference ST 18021 78456
Common name Katsura
Origin Japan
Deciduous Yes
Map section W
Planted by Malcolm Frazer c.1995
Height 9M April 2021
Girth 112cm @ 0.5M March 2021
Reference 664

This tree is one of a group of four Cercidiphyllum japonicum in the southern section beside an east-west footpath.

Cercidiphyllum japonicum bark

Cercidiphyllum japonicum bark
mid April 2021

Cercidiphyllum japonicum leaf1

Cercidiphyllum japonicum leaves
early April 2021

Cercidiphyllum japonicum leaf2

Cercidiphyllum japonicum leaves, into sunlight
early April 2021

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. There are inconspicuous red flowers in late winter or early spring. Trees may be male or female, and on female trees the flowers are followed by clusters of 1 to 2cm pea-pods, also inconspicuous, that contain winged seeds.