17 responses to “Cercidiphyllum japonicum ‘Morioka Weeping’”

  1. David Tarrant

    Thank you Daniel and Douglas
    So good to have Botany Photo of the Day back up and running.
    Today’s image itself perfectly calming and soothing to look at during these taxing
    times.
    Brings back happy memories of my days at UBC Botanical Garden

  2. Brenda Hochachka

    I have happy memories also……of my FOG days barely 2 weeks ago.

  3. Michael L Aman

    A cercidiphyllum came up in my garden 12 years ago as a volunteer. Spread by a bird? It was in a tight outer corner of a porch and almost up against a sidewalk. But I didn’t know who she was at the time and that she wanted to grow 60 to 90 feet tall! So I left her. Three or four times a summer I need to cut back the vigorous growth to keep her within her allowed space. Each season the trunk gets thicker but the height has to stay at five feet. I leave the trimmings on the ground and am rewarded with the scent of cotton candy from the dry leaves crunched under foot all season, not just in fall. The weeping habit of the branches is noticeable and endearing.

  4. Nette

    Beautiful tree. How is the name pronounced?

    1. Patrick Collins

      I generally think Italian and wave my hands about expressively to get the right rhythm.

      As it comes from the Greek, traditionalists would use a hard c for both, kerKIdi-FILLum. Though hardly anyone nowadays pronounces the p in Psammophila or Pseudabutilon. The Greeks would not have had a letter psi if it was the same as an s.

      1. Patrick Collins

        The hyphen looks like the word was too long to fit on the line. So, just to make it clear, the word is made up of two elements Cercidi- meaning like a Cercis and -phyllum meaning leaf. I would usually emphasise that they are two elements like you would with gingerbread.

  5. SHEILA Silver surfer.

    What a glorious pic.
    Thanks as always.

  6. Jonathan

    So beautifully described! I did not know the leaves were especially waxy, I’ve never noticed that, and love how you described the shedding of “beads of rain.”

    Near where I live in Queens are a few mature katsuras on the site of the old Parsons Nursery, making them likely the first or among in the US. I thought the species was actually subopposite most of the time, another rare trait.

    I don’t think I’ve ever seen a weeping form, it must be so glorious. Thank you both.

  7. Rosemarie Parker

    Glorious image, Daniel. And one of my favored trees.

  8. Bonnie

    To this layman deep in TX I appreciate you appearing in my inbox so I can see more of this world of nature.

  9. Wendy

    Sometimes its nice to get a picture of something before it reaches its peak in the garden. That way one gets an alert and has time to plan to view. That is of course if one is not an ocean away…

  10. Bill Barnes

    In a study done by Hilliers and Iowa State University it was found that all of the weeping forms of Cercidiphyllm japonicum are “males” . To date there has been no discovery of weeping forms with female flowers . Curious

    1. Patrick Collins

      Perhaps there is an advantage to lofting the pollen into the air from flexible hanging branches that whip in the wind. The receptive female flowers probably have more advantage from being held up high in the air.

  11. Patrick Collins

    A little quibble – the ancient Greek kerkis (κερκίς) was, of course, the Old World Judas tree, Cercis siliquastrum. Redbud is a North American name for the American trees. “European redbud” is wrong on two counts, the tree is native to the Northern Mediterranean coasts in Europe but also Turkey, Lebanon, Syria and Iran. That would be like calling Cercis canadensis the New Jersey redbud.

    Perhaps three counts, as I have seen white, lavender and pinky-purple flowers on the Judas tree but not any I would call red.

  12. Lynn Wohlers

    Thank you for a very graceful photograph, Daniel. I always enjoy seeing Katsuras planted on the street and I think it IS the structure that’s so pleasing. I didn’t know about the burnt sugar smell to crushed fall leaves. The subtle joy that emanates from the text is wonderful, too.

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