Sunday Trees 253 – Knusper, knusper, Knäuschen

This is part of Becca’s weekly photo challenge Sunday Trees. Thank you for looking.

We sat for ages in front of this exotic tree with the attractive bright green heart-shaped leaves. What could it be? Fortunately photography has already been invented …

Well, it turned out to be a katsura tree, but we love the German name best, because it’s either Japanese cake-tree (Kuchenbaum) or gingerbread-tree (Lebkuchenbaum). Looking round for the witch collecting building material for her little Pfefferkuchenhaus… No, she wasn’t around. But we found an explanation for the name. The fading leaves are supposed to emit a kind of gingerbread smell. I’ll believe that when I actually get a sniff of it!

Katsura tree japanischer_kuchenbaum

Interestingly, this tree is a polygamist. To be fruitful and multiply a male tree needs five females.

The Lebkuchenbaum is on the left.

Photos: (c) anglogermantranslations. All rights reserved.


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8 Antworten zu “Sunday Trees 253 – Knusper, knusper, Knäuschen

  1. Now, are the female trees allowed to be polygamists also?

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  2. How interesting!! I love the leaves and the bark. Thank you for sharing!

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  3. Pit

    I love the pictures! And thanks for the interesting background information.

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  4. Most interesting! I’ve never heard of this tree – thank you 🙂

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