katsura tree for bright colored fall trees and shrubs
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Katsura Tree

(Cercidiphyllum japonicium)

With dainty branches that become dense with rounded leaves, katsuras make great shade trees all summer, then put on a show of yellow or pinkish yellow in fall. Around the time leaves fall, the tree produces a fragrance that some call spicy; others compare it to brown sugar. Most katsuras have a pyramid shape when young but over time may become as wide as they are tall (up to 60 feet). There are also weeping forms, such as 'Amazing Grace,' that look particularly beautiful when the branches are bare in winter.

Full sun to light shade; regular water; Zones 4-8

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