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Shade Trees and Easy-Care Perennials

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Weeping Katsura Tree(3 of 12)

Cericidiphyllum japonicum 'Pendula'

  • Deciduous tree with weeping branches, rounded leaves and shaggy brown bark.

  • Plant in moist, but well-drained organic soil.

  • Plant in full sun.

  • Height: 15-25 feet.

  • Width: 10-15 feet.

Hardy in USDA zones 4-9:

  • Zone 4: Plant in spring to prevent winter heaving; plant in full sun; apply extra mulch after first hard frost; avoid contact with salt.

  • Zone 5: Plant in spring to prevent winter heaving; plant in full sun; apply extra mulch after first hard frost; avoid contact with salt.

  • Zone 6: Plant in spring or early fall; plant in full; provide supplemental water during dry spells.

  • Zone 7: Plant in fall; plant in full; provide supplemental water during dry spells.

  • Zone 8: Plant in fall; plant in full; provide supplemental water during dry spells.

  • Zone 9: Plant in fall; plant in full; provide supplemental water during dry spells.

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