katsuratree Cercidiphyllaceae Cercidiphyllum japonicum
Leaf:Opposite or partially alternate, simple, heart shaped, blunt teeth on margin, 2 to 3 1/2 inches long and nearly as wide, purple when emerging, turning dark green above, lighter below.
Flower:Species is dioecious; flowers not showy, appearing before leaves in March to April.
Fruit:Small, less than one inch long, curved, dry pods, occurring in small clusters, initially red, mature in fall.
Twig:Slender, reddish brownish, numerous lighter lenticels, distinctly swollen at each node; buds are reddish with valvate scales, tightly appressed, triangular and slightly curved inward.
Bark:Initially very smooth with numerous light lenticels, later darkening and splitting into thin curling strips.
Form:Medium sized tree to 40 to 60 feet in height, broad pyramidal crown, often with multiple trunks.