Cercidiphyllum japonicum, Katsuratree

Size: tree, 50-80' average height at maturity

Buds: terminal absent

Leaves: deciduous, opposite or subopposite, 2-4" long and wide, simple, broadly ovate, tip obtuse, crenate-serrate margines, resembles Cercis, dark blue-green, glaucescent beneath, maroon in spring, yellow with touch of red in fall

Twigs: slender in youth, swollen at nodes, spur growth conspicuous on older wood, often in whitish bands

Flowers: dioescious, inconspicuous, blooming before leafing out

Fruit: dehiscent pods to .75", groups of 2-4, containing many small winged seeds

Bark: brown, slightly shaggy on old trunks