Katsura is a deciduous understory tree that can be single or multi-trunked; they have a slow, dense, round growing habit that can reach 40-60 ft tall. It’s grown for its wonderful shape and its gorgeous round, heart shaped leaves (4” long) resembling the leaves of a small redbud. Leaves will emerge a reddish mauve in the spring; maturing to medium green tinged with a rosy red in summer and turns golden brown in fall. Although these trees are not aromatic; the fallen autumn leaves that are starting to rot have been known to smell of a sweet, spicy fragrance with hints of cinnamon or caramel. Tiny flowers (red on male trees and green on female trees) will appear in spring before the foliage emerges but are not very attractive. Pollinated flowers on female trees only are followed by clusters of green pods (3/4” long). Its lightly–peeling, brown bark give this tree it’s charm right through the winter.

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