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Weeping Katsura Tree

Scientific name: Cercidiphyllum japonicum 'Pendula’

Type:Deciduous tree
Plant Requirements
Zone:4 to 9
Sun:Full sun
Plant Characteristics
Height:25 ft
Width:15 ft
Bloom:Spring flowers
Bloom Time:March to April
Bloom Color:Green
Additional Characteristics



Wildlife value

Description For those that like weeping trees, Weeping Katsura should be considered. It has very nice heart shaped leaves that take on a beautiful blue-green color during the growing season.

This is a deciduous tree that grows to 25’ in height and 15’ in width at full maturity. It has a noted weeping growth habit. Initially the tree will grow erect, but as it matures it will take on the weeping branch habit.

Leaves are arranged in an opposite fashion. They are 2”-4” long and have an ovate shape.
New leaves emerge reddish-purple in color, but soon morph to the bright green summer shade. In the fall the foliage turns bright yellow but one will find interesting shades of orange and apricot as well. All the while the leaves give off a pleasing strawberry scent.

Blooms (green) occur in the March–April period. They don’t add to the tree’s appearance however as they are small.

This tree prefers a rich, acidic site and some summer moisture.

No pests are normally seen on this tree.
For assistance, contact Dr. Charles Brun (, (360) 397-6060 5701
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