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Katsura Tree
Cercidiphyllum japonicum

Also called the Japanese Judas-tree, this native to Asia is cultivated in the United States for the attractive shape and color of its leaves. Growing up to 20 m tall, the tree produces heart-shaped leaves that are dark bluish-green above and paler below. The plants produce an odor like cotton candy or sweet caramel when the leaves are shed in the fall.

Habitat:Planted as an ornamental, growing best in part shade.
Growth Habit:Deciduous tree, growing up to 20 m tall.
Bloom Time:Spring.
Presence in US:MD MA NY OH PA
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