11 responses to “Cercidiphyllum japonicum”

  1. Deb Christmas

    to Douglas Justice: Are you a writer? I’d love to read more!

  2. Carol Ross

    How beautifully said! You painted wonderful images with your words. I can just see the splendor of those same leaves, backlit by the sun! Carol

  3. Elaine Chrysler

    our parents are smarter then we realized when we were kids. we look back and laugh at the jobs they got us to enjoy doing. I love the smell of popular leaves. my mom loves the smell of damp earth. I went to the Denver botanical garden yesterday and it smelled so wonderful. the different areas had different smells. just growing smells. the smells of life.

  4. elizabeth a airhart

    autumn memories
    I have mine from liveing in new jersey
    home state then in new england driveing
    to the country for apples and bitter sweet
    and dried flowers i called jack o lanterns
    arches of golden leaves and the hills and
    valleys in a riot of color -and our ancestors
    and memories walking the path with us
    and piles of leaves to jump in
    thank you for a lovely memory

  5. Debby

    We pass a now almost leafless katsura on our daily walk. And we deliberately sniff the air to take in its lovely fragrance. That’s because we were initially stopped in our tracks by the aroma. One day as a little boy and his mum were passing the tree, he uttered, “Smoke!” My husband and I were able to point out the tree as the source of the sweet cigarlike scent; thus the katsura gained two more admirers.

  6. jm

    I too wait for the caramel- scented leaves to develop after a hard frost on my Katsura ……. In southern Ontario , where I live my Katsura is still vibrant green and full of leaves . Its also much hardier than the books say ( mine has routinely taken -30c and has no winterkill at all ) – its about 30 feet tall after 10 years !

  7. Margaret-Rae Davis

    I am so pleased to see these wonderful Photographs. I have never seen a tree with leaves like this. I really appreicate the story of this tree. Thank you , I have learned so much today because of your thoughtfulness.
    Thank you,

  8. van

    So that’s what those beautiful trees are. Thank you for the photo and the info!

  9. Cyndy Henderson

    Have always admired these trees and planted one this Spring. When we planted it (bare-root) the leafless branches formed a wine-glass shape. Now we are enjoying the beautiful autumn show! Thank you for your story, Daniel ~

  10. Beverley

    Cercidiphyllum japonicum – Z5 – RHS Index of Garden Plants, Griffiths
    Cercidiphyllum japonicum – Z4-8 – A-Z Encyclopedia of Garden Plants, Brickell, Cole, Zuk
    Cercidiphyllum japonicum – May be grown in any deep, fertile soil – Hillier Manual of Trees & Shrubs, 2003
    Cercidiphyllum – From Cercis q.v. and Gk. phyllon [a leaf] , the leaves resemble those of Cercis Dictionary of Plant Names, Coombes

  11. Ray Fielding

    I have established a garden with over 400 species of trees & shrubs here beside the LaHave River in Nova Scotia.These come from as far away as the Florida Panhandle and Labrador.One of my favourite trees is Cercidiphyllum japonicum.
    I call it my candy apple tree due to the delightful fragrance it excude as its leaves fall in the autumn.
    Happy gardening!
    Ray Fielding

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