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Weeping katsura

Cercidiphyllum japonicum f. pendulum

sir-sid-ih-FIL-um jah-PON-ih-kum forma PEND-yew-lum

This deciduous small tree initially has a pyramidal form, and later rounded.  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. Tiny red flowers emerge in late March or early April before the leaves.

Noteworthy CharacteristicsStands out all year long. Leaves fall to the ground all at once in autumn. Suited to a residential garden due to its compact shape. Provides light shade. Great as a specimen or in a group.

CarePlant in early spring in full sun, in rich, well-drained, slightly acidic soil. Water generously until established and during hot, dry summers.

PropagationFrom basal cuttings in late spring and semi-ripe cuttings in mid-summer.


  • Genus : Cercidiphylllum
  • Plant Height : 15 to 30 feet
  • Plant Width : 15 to 30 feet
  • Zones : 4, 5, 6, 7, 8
  • Bloom Time : Early Spring, Spring
  • Characteristics : Fragrant Foliage, Showy Foliage
  • Light : Full Sun to Partial Shade
  • Moisture : Medium Moisture
  • Foliage Color : Purple/Burgundy
  • Flower Color : Red
  • Uses : Shade
  • Plant Seasonal Interest : Summer Interest
  • Plant Type : Trees
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  1. trishcleeve 04/27/2015

    Hello - I have a

    Weeping katsura

    Cercidiphyllum japonicum f. pendulum

    tree in my garden which was planted last year. It has early morning sun and dappled sun the rest of the afternoon. We had a frost this morning and all the end leaves have shrivelled up. It leaves look limp and lifeless. I have watered it but I am not sure what is wrong with it, can anyone help please.

  2. EmilyBailey 05/17/2015

    The frost damage isn't usually permanent: http://www.pfaf.org/user/Plant.aspx?LatinName=Cercidiphyllum+japonicum See cultivation details in this article.

  3. user-7007751 08/07/2015

    We planted an approximately 5' tree this spring. All the leaves edges are browning and shriveling up. It is in full sun in Ohio. Am I watering too much, not enough?? I don't see any signs of insects or anything. Please let me know if anyone has any advice! Thank you!

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