Weeping katsura

Cercidiphyllum japonicum f. pendulum

Photo/Illustration: 
Michelle Gervais
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Weeping katsura (Cercidiphyllum japonicum f. pendulum)
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Synonyms:  Cercidiphyllum japonicum 'Pendulum'
Genus:  Cercidiphylllum

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 Characteristics: 

Stands 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.

Care: 

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

Propagation: 

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

Problems: 

Infrequent.

Overview

Height
15 ft. to 30 ft.
Spread
15 ft. to 30 ft.
Light
Full Sun to Part Shade
Moisture
Medium Moisture
Characteristics
Fragrant Foliage,
Showy Foliage
Bloom Time
Early Spring,
Spring
Flower Color
Red
Foliage Color
Colorful/Burgundy Foliage
Uses
Specimen Plant/Focal Point
Seasonal Interest
Summer Interest
Type
Trees

Cercidiphyllum japonicum f. pendulum