Cercidiphyllum Sieb. & Zucc.

Cercidiphyllum is a genus with two species that are native to China and Japan (Dezhi & Endress 2001). One of these, Cercidiphyllum magnificum (Nakai) Nakai is sometimes merged with or considered an infraspecific taxon of the other species, C. japonicum Sieb. & Zucc., especially in horticulture (e.g. Knees 1989, Roloff & Bärtels 2006). The genus is frequently cultivated for ornament.


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Dosmann M., Andrews S., Tredici P. del & Li J. (2003) Classification and nomenclature of weeping katsuras. Plantsman n.s. 2(1): 21-27.

Flinck K.E. (1982) Comments on the genus Cercidiphyllum. Int. Dendrol. Soc. Year Book 1981: 122-123.

Flinck K.E. (1983) Further comments on the genus Cercidiphyllum. Int. Dendrol. Soc. Year Book 1982: 98.

Haag R. (1982) The magnificent katsura: tree of the future. Univ. Wash. Arbor. Bull. 45(3): 2-5.

Heel W.A. van (1987) Note on the morphology of the male inflorescences in Cercidiphyllum (Cercidiphyllaceae). Blumea 32(2): 303-309.

Knees S.G. (1989) Cercidiphyllum. In: Walters S.M. & al. (eds.), The European Garden Flora, vol. 3. Cambridge University Press, Cambridge: 325.

Mohana Rao P.R. (1986) Seed and fruit anatomy in Cercidiphyllum japonicum with a discussion on the affinities of Cercidiphyllaceae. Flora (Germany) 178(4): 243-249.

Mulligan B.O. (1982) Katsura trees in the arboretum. Univ. Wash. Arbor. Bull. 45(3): 5-8.

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