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!
Interestingly, this tree is a polygamist. To be fruitful and multiply a male tree needs five females.
The Lebkuchenbaum is on the left.
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