Cercidiphyllum japonicum 'PENDULUM'

Cercidiphyllum japonicum
Cercidiphyllum japonicum 'PENDULUM'
katsura tree
SIZE/TYPE medium-sized tree
 weeping/cascading
USUAL HEIGHT 4-8m
USUAL WIDTH 2-4m
LEAVES deciduous broadleaf
COLOUR OF LEAVES green
LOCATION full sun
SOIL TYPE acidic (peaty)
SOIL MOISTURE REQUIREMENTS evenly moist (dislikes drought)
USDA zone (lowest) 4   (down to -34°C)
WINTER PROTECTION  
FOR ZONE 5+6 Code of winter protection zone 5+6
FOR ZONE 7 Code of winter protection zone 7
BELONGS TO CATEGORIES Deciduous broadleaf
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Katsura tree is native to China and Japan, and thanks to its versatility and zero maintenance it has found many fans among both professionals and general gardening public. It is a deciduous shrub or very rarely a tree (uneasy to train it into a tree with one central leader). There are only a few varieties available so far, and each of them is entirely different.

Pendulum is a weeping form of katsura tree which forms picturesque cascades of flexible branches. Leaves are deciduous, rounded to heart-shaped, and emerge purple red, change to rich green in spring with some bluish tones in summer, and turn exquisite shades of yellow and golden in autumn. Freshly fallen leaves, for a short time, have a sweet fragrance of cinnamon or caramel. In spring, before leaves emerge, appear small, inconspicuous flowers (red on male trees, green on female trees).

The trees are commonly top grafted onto tall stems of cercidiphyllum japonicum species. The fastest growth is obviously downwards as it is a weeping tree, however, new branches make a step upward before they weep which in full maturity ends up like a 6-8m tall tree, half as wide. It looks great as a lawn specimen if you have enough space, or integrated above a good looking combination of low shrubs. Pruning is usually not necessary but can be done in early spring.

Grow katsura tree in humus-rich, evenly moist but well-drained, acid or neutral soil, preferably in full sun. If placed in a position sheltered from strong winds it will keep its coloured autumn foliage remarkably longer (just like witch hazel). Hardy to about -34°C (USDA zone 4).

Last update 26-03-2019
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Cercidiphyllum japonicum 'PENDULUM' height of stem 190- 200 cm, girth 6-8 cm
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GLOSSARY
  • STANDARD QUALITY - Plants of this group are 1st class quality with number of branches and overall density adequate to their size and age, considering they were container grown.
  • DE LUXE QUALITY - This label guarantees a luxurious quality of manually selected plants that, compared to their height and age, are exceptionally dense and beautiful.
  • EXTRA - These plants are usually mature and bigger specimens with exceptional overall appearance.
  • STANDARD (as described in the plant form) means a tree with a trunk of 190-210 cm and a crown at the top, unless specified differently. The commercial size for trees is their girth measured in the height of 1m from ground.
  • HOBBY - These plants are of the same quality as our standard-quality plants but younger and therefore cheaper.
  • SHRUB - a woody plant with branches growing bushy from the ground level.
  • HALF-STANDARD or MINI-STANDARD - a small tree with shorter trunk, its size is usually specified.
  • FEATHERED - These are trees with branches growing already from the base of the trunk and up along the stem.
  • GRASSES and PERENNIALS - Sizes given usually read the diameter of the pot or the clump, as specified.
LARGE PLANTS over 150 cmspecimens, screening and hedging shrubs

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