Cercidiphyllum japonicum #2 at Cathays Cemetery

Cercidiphyllum japonicum 0

Cercidiphyllum japonicum
mid August 2021

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Cercidiphyllum japonicum Leaves mostly fallen
mid Octover 2021

Grid reference ST 18017 78465
Common name Katsura
Origin Japan
Deciduous Yes
Map section W
Planted by Malcolm Frazer c.1995
Height 6M August 2021
Girth 72cm @ 0.4M August 2021
Reference 745

This tree is towards the south end of the cemetery, one of a group of four Cercidiphyllum japonicum. It is a female tree whch bears fruit in late summer/autumn.

Cercidiphyllum japonicum bark

Cercidiphyllum japonicum bark
mid August 2021

Cercidiphyllum japonicum fruit1

Cercidiphyllum japonicum fruit
mid August 2021

Cercidiphyllum japonicum fruit2

Cercidiphyllum japonicum fruit
mid August 2021

Cercidiphyllum japonicum leaf1

Cercidiphyllum japonicum leaves late in the season
mid August 2021

Cercidiphyllum japonicum fruit3

Cercidiphyllum japonicum leaves fallen leaving fruit
mid October 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. 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.