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Oct 18, 2013 5:17 PM

Rare tree ?

Hi folks, I keep getting random individuals, knocking saying my tree is rare, could anyone I'd it for me and confirm or debunk the theory.

Thanks

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    Oct 18, 2013 6:11 PM (in response to Bungle)
    Re: Rare tree ?

    Hmmm - these folks tell you it is rare without telling you what it is?...

     

    Anyway...

    It is a katsura, Cercidiphyllum japonicum.

    I would say it is moderately unusual.

    I gave my father one for his birthday many years ago.

     

    The leaves look rather like those of the Judas tree or redbud, Cercis siliquastrum - hence the specific epithet 'cercidiphyllum'. But that has alternate leaves - whereas those on katsura are opposite. The habit of the whole tree is different, too: that of katsura is much more symmetrical and organized; that of Judas tree is more, shall we say, 'free-form'.

     

    http://en.wikipedia.org/wiki/Katsura_(tree)

     

    PS. There is a somewhat similarly leaved tree/shrub, Disanthus cercidifolius, which I would say is rare in cultivation in the UK.

     

    Mike

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