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Katsuratree is a magnificent medium to large shade tree. Its accolade-deserving qualities are its form, beautiful foliage, and bark. Seedling-grown trees have a variable form ranging from upright oval to pyramidal to wide spreading. This species has a tendency to develop major branches near ground level, and if one has ample space, such low slung trunks give the lower portion of the tree a majestic “octopus-like” appearance. Nursery-grown trees are often single-trunked plants. Leaves are bluishgreen in the growing season. In autumn, leaves turn a beautiful rich yellow, and upon the first frost will emit a cotton candy-like fragrance; visiting a katsuratree on a cold fall morning and smelling this wonderfully sweet fragrance is a distinctly enchanting event.
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Issued in furtherance of Cooperative Extension work, Virginia Polytechnic Institute and State University, Virginia State University, and the U.S. Department of Agriculture cooperating. Edwin J. Jones, Director, Virginia Cooperative Extension, Virginia Tech, Blacksburg; M. Ray McKinnie, Administrator, 1890 Extension Program, Virginia State University, Petersburg.
February 22, 2012