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In search of seed sources for _Cercidiphyllum_ spp.

Michael S Dosmann dosmann at IASTATE.EDU
Mon Sep 16 07:41:13 EST 1996


I am in the early stages of a study involving katsura, a tree native to 
China and Japan.  As an ornamental, this tree has much to offer and makes 
a fine landscape plant.  My study will be involving drought-tolerance 
between two species of _Cercidiphyllum_ : _C. japonicum_ and _C. magnificum_.

I am in the process of making connections with various botanical gardens 
and arboreta, looking for seed sources this fall.  I was wondering if any 
monitors of this group has access to any seed-producing female trees 
(i.e., private collections, campus arboreta, etc...).  

Also, if anybody has any valid information on this plant, I would most 
welcome it.  For those of you not familiar with it, it has a very 
interesting taxonomic and paleo-botanical history.  To see some excellent 
specimens, I would suggest going to the Arnold Arboretum, Morton 
Arboretum, Spring Grove Cemetary (Cincinatti), Fernwood Botanical Garden 
(Niles, Michigan), and the National Arboretum.


Michael S Dosmann
dosmann at iastate.edu
Graduate Research Assistant
Department of Horticulture
Iowa State University

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