Autumnal Scents Abound

October 3rd 2014 in In The Garden

They are a fantastic tree all year round but it is at this time of year that the Katsura really comes into its own. Cercidiphyllum japonicum as it is known botanically, is a native of Japan and parts of China and is a highly notable species. The flowers are dioecious (male and female flowers on seperate plants, like Hollies), and are produced in spring as the bronze foliage emerges. However in Autumn not do the leaves turn from a beautiful pale yellow to smokey pink, but the tree emits a heavy scent of burnt sugar on the air. These two fine specimens are found next to the stream, and are a joy to walk beneath at this time of year.