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.
The lower portion of the Rose Garden will be closed due to renovations to the turf after a long, hot, dry summer with record attendance. The top gate will be open to allow for visual access, just not foot traffic. While we will hope to reopen quickly, some variables are unpredictable. We look forward to welcoming visitors back on our newly restored Rose Garden turf soon.
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.