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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Construction Notice:

Parking Lot Closed September 21, 22 and 23.

Morris Arboretum’s parking lot is being repaved September 21, 22 and 23. Our parking lot is a demonstration lot for its sustainability. Installed 25 years ago as one of the first of its kind, the parking lot has filtered into the earth about 31,863,304 gallons of precipitation from the Wissahickon watershed. But the time has come for it to be renewed.

The entire parking lot will be closed September 21, 22 and 23. Auxiliary parking will be available at the bottom of the hill (near the kiosk) and shuttle service will be provided to the top of the hill. ADA access will be limited. No buses will be permitted beyond the kiosk.

We apologize for the inconvenience, but we are committed to keeping our parking lot sustainable and our visitors safe. Thanks for your patience.

The Arboretum is open as usual. Click here for hours.

Please note that weather conditions can change quickly, check back or call (215) 247-5777 before heading out for a visit.

Weather conditions may limit garden access to certain features even if the garden is open – please check the web site or call (215) 247-5777 for updates before visiting. Our visitors’ safety in the garden is our top priority. Therefore when inclement weather is predicted, we will make decisions about closing the garden accordingly.