Cercidiphyllum japonicum

Katsura Tree
CERCIDIPHYLLACEAE

We fell in love with the pink hearts fluttering in the rain. They touched off a weekend long brain-storm on garden themes: Hearts, etc. Isil and I passed by the row of Katsura trees after going throught the Japansese garden and the rose garden. Portland was not in its finest form today, I must say, but beautiful nonetheless.

This tree likes to be watered regularily while it gets established. It can grow in sun or partial shade, seldom needs pruning and rarely is affected by pests. The pink to purple new growth matures to a blue-green, then changes to yellow or pale orange in autumn. Sunset says “Foliage of some katsura trees smells like brown sugar on warm autumn days when leaves are falling.” Now you’ll know what I’m up to when you see me on the boulevard sniffing trees this fall.

About Mulysa

I love my work as a landscape designer and artist. When I'm not planning homesteads or working in the studio, you'll find me hiking, photographing, gardening, baking, cooking vegetarian meals with friends, reading and working on sustainability issues...with my baby on my hip in Portland, Oregon.
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