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Brown Sugar Tree
Native to China and Japan, a fast growing deciduous hardy
tree, member of the family Cercidiphyllaceae. Katsuras are
graceful trees, usually have mulitple trunks and dense pyramidal
branching and can reach a height of 90-100ft, though they commonly
reach a height of about 60ft. Like its relative Cercis canadensis
(Eastern Redbud), the leaves are heart shaped. Immature leaves are
purple in color and light green or blue green when mature. The
fall color is a brilliant apricot and dried leaves have a spicy aroma,
rather like brown sugar or ripe apples. The tree is dioecious,
having either male or female blooms. Red buds form along stems
opposite one another. Unlike the redbud, the blooms are rather
nondescript and are pink in color. Blooms are followed by small
winged seed pods.
Cercidiphyllums thrive in well drained loamy soil in a sunny location,
although they do tolerate some clay soils. They make lovely
specimen or shade trees and they do very well at the edge of a woodland
or other trees. The trees require virtually no pruning and are
resistant to insects and diseases.
Propagation is performed by softwood cuttings, by layering softwood
branches or by sowing seed. Seed should be sown as soon as they
are ripe. Stored seed should be sown in a prepared bed outdoors
in the fall and allowed to natrually stratify or they can be
artificially stratified for 90 days before sowing See COLD STRATIFICATION for more
information. Sow seed in pots or trays and keep moist, but not
soggy at about 70F until the seedlings reach about 2 inches in
height. Transplant to larger containers or outdoors if the
temperatures do not fall below 50F.
Katsura wood is used to manufacture furniture and moldings.
-20F (-28.8C) Height:
60ft. Spread: 30ft.
|#Bz-1753 Bulk seed 1oz
Approximately 24000 seeds $55.50
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