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Katsura Tree Cercidiphyllum japonicum 'Pendulum'

Other plants called Katsura Tree:

Previously known as:

  • Cercidiphyllum magnificum f. pendulum
  • Cercidiphyllum magnificum 'Pendulum'
  • 'Pendula'
Phonetic Spelling
ser-sid-ih-FIL-um juh-PON-ih-kum
Description

Derived from the words Cercis, which is the redbud genus and phyllon, Greek for leaf, Weeping Katsura Tree is a grafted cultivar with a multi-trunked form with heart-shaped leaves on pendulous branches that dip downward towards the ground..  Plant in the full sun to partial shade and irrigate regularly as it is not drought resistant when young. 

This long-lived tree is grown primarily for its graceful, cascading, or weeping, habit.  The low canopy is only a foot or so off the ground.  It makes an excellent specimen, understory tree or tree for a small space.  Its form makes it a great addition to a winter garden. Protection from strong winds and afternoon sun should be provided.

It's said that in autumn the fallen leaves carry a slight scent of cinnamon, burnt sugar or ripened apples.  

VIDEO created by Andy Pulte for “Landscape Plant Identification, Taxonomy and Morphology” a plant identification course offered by the Department of Plant Sciences, University of Tennessee.

Insects, Diseases, and Other Plant Problems:  The shallow root system can make grass mowing difficult.  

Hot, afternoon sun as well as windy locations can scorch the foliage.  

 

 

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Cultivars / Varieties:
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#weeping#fragrant#deciduous#small tree#shade tree#fragrant flowers#specimen#fragrant leaves#pendulous#low maintenance#winter interest#fall interest#understory tree#frost tolerant#long lifespan#summer interest#deciduous tree#compact habit#clay soils tolerant#fall color red#dry soils intolerant#drought intolerant#heart-shaped leaves#fall color#tree#landscape plant sleuths course
  • Attributes:
    Genus:
    Cercidiphyllum
    Species:
    japonicum
    Family:
    Cercidiphyllaceae
    Uses (Ethnobotany):
    Its showy foliage make this tree a great addition to the landscape.
    Life Cycle:
    Woody
    Recommended Propagation Strategy:
    Stem Cutting
    Country Or Region Of Origin:
    Japan and China
    Wildlife Value:
    Birds are attracted.
    Play Value:
    Buffer
    Colorful
    Shade
    Particularly Resistant To (Insects/Diseases/Other Problems):
    Verticillium Wilt
    Dimensions:
    Height: 15 ft. 0 in. - 25 ft. 0 in.
    Width: 10 ft. 0 in. - 15 ft. 0 in.
  • Whole Plant Traits:
    Plant Type:
    Tree
    Woody Plant Leaf Characteristics:
    Deciduous
    Habit/Form:
    Dense
    Multi-trunked
    Rounded
    Weeping
    Growth Rate:
    Medium
    Maintenance:
    Low
    Texture:
    Medium
  • Cultural Conditions:
    Light:
    Dappled Sunlight (Shade through upper canopy all day)
    Full sun (6 or more hours of direct sunlight a day)
    Partial Shade (Direct sunlight only part of the day, 2-6 hours)
    Soil Texture:
    Clay
    Soil pH:
    Acid (<6.0)
    Alkaline (>8.0)
    Neutral (6.0-8.0)
    Soil Drainage:
    Good Drainage
    Moist
    Available Space To Plant:
    12-24 feet
    NC Region:
    Coastal
    Mountains
    Piedmont
    USDA Plant Hardiness Zone:
    4a, 4b, 5b, 5a, 6a, 6b, 7a, 7b, 8b, 8a
  • Fruit:
    Fruit Color:
    Green
    Fruit Length:
    < 1 inch
    Fruit Description:
    Green pods, 3/4" long will appear on female trees that have been pollinated.
  • Flowers:
    Flower Color:
    Green
    Red/Burgundy
    Flower Inflorescence:
    Insignificant
    Flower Value To Gardener:
    Fragrant
    Flower Bloom Time:
    Spring
    Flower Shape:
    Irregular
    Flower Size:
    < 1 inch
    Flower Description:
    Dioecious, male and female flowers appear on separate plants. In March and April, insignificant red blooms appear on male trees, while green flowers can be found on female trees. They emerge before the foliage.
  • Leaves:
    Woody Plant Leaf Characteristics:
    Deciduous
    Leaf Color:
    Blue
    Green
    Leaf Value To Gardener:
    Showy
    Deciduous Leaf Fall Color:
    Gold/Yellow
    Orange
    Leaf Type:
    Simple
    Leaf Arrangement:
    Opposite
    Leaf Shape:
    Cordate
    Ovate
    Leaf Margin:
    Entire
    Hairs Present:
    No
    Leaf Length:
    3-6 inches
    Leaf Width:
    3-6 inches
    Leaf Description:
    The heart shaped leaves emerge a red/purple in the springtime, maturing to blueish/green. The gold, orange and red fall colors add to a fall garden.
  • Bark:
    Bark Color:
    Dark Gray
    Light Gray
    Surface/Attachment:
    Peeling
    Shaggy
    Bark Description:
    They bark is initially smooth, then peeling in strips
  • Stem:
    Stem Is Aromatic:
    No
    Stem Description:
    Can be single or multi-trunked.
  • Landscape:
    Landscape Location:
    Lawn
    Small Space
    Landscape Theme:
    Cottage Garden
    Winter Garden
    Design Feature:
    Accent
    Flowering Tree
    Shade Tree
    Small Tree
    Specimen
    Understory Tree
    Attracts:
    Songbirds