Morris Arboretum

Morris Arboretum

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Plant Collection

Katsura tree
Cercidiphyllum japonicum

Catalog No. 32-0589-A
Height: 67 feet
Spread: 90.5 feet
DBH: 3.6 feet

Native to Japan and China. Pennsylvania State Champion.

Designated as the Arboretum's top tree by staff and visitors, this is perhaps the largest Katsura tree in North America and was planted in the early 1900s as part of a Japanese garden. Its huge spreading canopy is simultaneously graceful and powerful, and the wide exposed roots have an equally distinctive character. The leaves start out in spring as a beautiful light pink before turning to light green. In summer the leaves are a bluish green before turning yellowish-apricot in the fall. As the leaves fall and decompose, they give off an odor of caramel or cotton candy.


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