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PlantFiles: Weeping Katsura Tree
Cercidiphyllum japonicum f. pendulum

Family: Cercidiphyllaceae
Genus: Cercidiphyllum (ser-sid-ih-FIL-um) (Info)
Species: japonicum f. pendulum
Additional cultivar information: (aka Pendula, Pendulum)

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3 members have or want this plant for trade.


over 40 ft. (12 m)

20-30 ft. (6-9 m)

USDA Zone 4a: to -34.4 C (-30 F)
USDA Zone 4b: to -31.6 C (-25 F)
USDA Zone 5a: to -28.8 C (-20 F)
USDA Zone 5b: to -26.1 C (-15 F)
USDA Zone 6a: to -23.3 C (-10 F)
USDA Zone 6b: to -20.5 C (-5 F)
USDA Zone 7a: to -17.7 C (0 F)
USDA Zone 7b: to -14.9 C (5 F)
USDA Zone 8a: to -12.2 C (10 F)
USDA Zone 8b: to -9.4 C (15 F)
USDA Zone 9a: to -6.6 C (20 F)
USDA Zone 9b: to -3.8 C (25 F)

Sun Exposure:
Sun to Partial Shade

Pollen may cause allergic reaction

Bloom Color:

Bloom Time:
Mid Spring

Grown for foliage
Good Fall Color

Other details:
Average Water Needs; Water regularly; do not overwater
Flowers are fragrant

Soil pH requirements:
5.6 to 6.0 (acidic)
6.1 to 6.5 (mildly acidic)
6.6 to 7.5 (neutral)

Patent Information:

Propagation Methods:
From semi-hardwood cuttings
By grafting

Seed Collecting:
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4 positives
2 neutrals
No negatives

Gardeners' Notes:

Neutral growin On May 12, 2008, growin from Vancouver, BC (Zone 8b) wrote:

Graceful tree. 'Morioka Weeping' is taller than wide whereas 'Pendula' is wider than tall.

Neutral slyperso1 On Apr 24, 2008, slyperso1 from Richland, MI (Zone 5b) wrote:

The Bad
Intolerant of drought and should be protected from direct exposure to wind.

Can lift Sidewalk, shollow roof system

Weak wood, susceptible to breakage either at the crotch
due to poor collar formation.

The Good
Good winter interest due to the shape and fruit.
Tree has outstanding ornamental features.
No serious pests or diseases

Positive justmarsha On Aug 18, 2006, justmarsha from Bryan, OH (Zone 5a) wrote:

This is a wonderful tree to have in the gardens, makes a wonderful garden anchor. The leaves are beautiful. The only problem we have had is the bark is spliting on the south and west sides of the trunk.

Any ideas how to stop this or help heal it?

Positive dakotaroser On Mar 4, 2005, dakotaroser from Kingston, NH wrote:

I was looking to plant a tree to honor my late father and since he
worked at a beautiful new elementary school in our neighborhood it was gladdly planted in the center of a large
3 acre area in front of the school. The Katsura was chosen
as my dad was very tall and this tree is so elegant and
stately. I planted the 6 ft. tree in 1998 and the first fall
boy did I smell that burned sugar smell at certain times the
wind blew threw it and where you were standing. It has
lemon and apricot colored leaves in the fall, just beautiful. In the
spring a purple/pink tiny leave emerges with some tangling
stuff and as the leaves grow they begin turning a heart shaped blue/green
and this tree has grown quite fast since 1998. I'd say this
multi trunked beauty is now approx. 20+ feet and has
a pyramid shape. I make sure I give it plenty of water during
dry spells and it does its own thing. I've made a huge
planted bed with the Katsura the center piece,which also has heritage roses, bonica roses, creeping ajuga pink metalliac colors,
miscanthus morning light, and some really beautiful
reddish/purple peonies as well as some northern oats grass,
everything just blows in the wind in the fall and its unreal.
These trees should be planted in the northeast especially
as they seem to just love this type of weather.

Positive darius On Jul 3, 2004, darius from So.App.Mtns.
United States (Zone 5b) wrote:

The leaves of this much-revered wonderful Japanese tree are blue-green in summer and turn a buttery yellow with tones of apricot and orange in the fall. The fallen leaves emit a delightful cinnamon-sugar smell.

Positive jwkaren On May 5, 2004, jwkaren from Lafayette, CA wrote:

Planted this tree at about 5 ft. in poor clayey soil on an east facing hillside and is in second year and doing fine. Gets late afternoon shade. The leaves that in autuum are said to smell like cinnamon, but have not had that pleasure yet. This tree can live to be many hundreds of years old, and is prized in Japanese gardens.
Has gracefull weeping form and is especially nice where afternoon sun can backlight it. Leaves are a blue gray, and it can be mistaken for a form of Ecalyptus. The roots are said to be large and strong so not the tree to plant next to a foundation or wall.


This plant has been said to grow in the following regions:

Chicago, Illinois
Winnetka, Illinois
Upper Marlboro, Maryland
Hightstown, New Jersey
Montague, New Jersey
Pennsauken, New Jersey
Winston Salem, North Carolina
Bryan, Ohio
Groveport, Ohio
Middletown, Ohio
Pittsburgh, Pennsylvania
Wilkes Barre, Pennsylvania
Bainbridge Island, Washington

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