Monday, November 03, 2008

Fragrance in the Garden: The Katsura Tree in Autumn

Purchased five years ago at a benefit for the Reeves Reed Arboretum in Summit, New Jersey, this Katsura tree, Cercidiphyllum japonicum, has grown from two feet to about twenty feet tall. Because of its beautiful form (it will be great to climb in about fifty years) and leaves (now yellow), it is one of my favorite trees in the garden. In addition, its most unique feature is its caramel-like fragrance that you experience in the fall. It is planted in the backyard next to the fort and in front of the deer fence.
Update: as requested, here is an additional picture which displays what the leaves of the Katsura tree look like during the spring and summer.


Tyra in Vaxholm said...

Very nice! How big does it get?

Zoë said...

I bought one of these as a small standard tree a few years ago. Apart from the lovely heart shaped leaves and light canopy in summer, the colour and fragrance (to my nose its candy floss or burnt sugar) is one of the rare delights worth waiting for in Autumn. I find here its variable though, and depends on how much Sun we had that summer.

The specimen I bought is Cercidiphyllum japonicum 'Nana' which is more suited to a small garden and I would recommend it to anyone.

Aunt Debbi/kurts mom said...

What a cool tree.

heirloomgardener said...


At maturity, the tree will be forty to sixty feet tall and wide.

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