A 14-acre "historic tree grove," fortunately, was preserved as an arboretum and many of its historically important trees imported directly from Japan are still alive today, including remnants of old nursery rows of Cercidiphyllum
japonicum, Acer palmatum and Photina villosa and mature specimens of Acer japonicum.
japonicum 'Red Fox', makes a narrow column covered with bronze leaves that change to red.
Carol gets to work pruning dead branches from Cercidiphyllum
japonicum 'Pendulum', above, and leaves of the Acer palmatum 'Osakazuki', inset
The other plant that's a surefire winner is the Katsura tree, Cercidiphyllum
And I was intrigued to learn about the "toffee tree" - the Cercidiphyllum
japonicum, (Katsura), whose foliage smells like toffee in the early spring and autumn.
Other choices in my own garden for autumn colour are Cercidiphyllum
, whose dainty leaves turn pink and delightfully smell of burnt toffee.
It has its own smells too: ripe fruit, wood smoke and, mingling with them in my garden, the aroma of toffee apples from a favourite tree, Cercidiphyllum
japonicum, the katsura tree.
It's a time of observing something new every day - right now in my garden the tiny heart-shaped pink leaves of Cercidiphyllum
are unfurling and the acacia is covered in scented yellow pompoms.
It is framed by other small trees, one of which is Cercidiphyllum
leaves of living Cercidiphyllum
, as well as in many fossil leaves,
Caption to go in here please | Carol gets to work pruning dead branches from Cercidiphyllum
japonicum 'Pendulum', above, and leaves of the Acer palmatum 'Osakazuki', inset THIS might seem a strange time of year to be pruning but with some shrubs it is only now that dead wood and wayward stems are becoming evident.
Likewise, our pendulous cercidiphyllum
or katsura - a spectacular tree throughout the year, but never more so than in autumn when its elegant, rounded leaves turn to bright red, orange and yellow.
Although character state 0 occurs in a minority of modern Cercidiphyllum
leaves, it is indicated as the ancestral state in the fossil record (see the discussion in the text).
japonicum is a species all on its own - there are no other members of the cercidiphyllum
family - and I think it's in a class of its own, too.
My favourite and one at the top of my list for autumn colour is the Japanese "Katsura" otherwise known as Cercidiphyllum
japonicum, which colours to a beautiful soft yellow.