||Katsura (Cercidiphyllum japonica)
||Also known as heart tree or cake tree.
||Grows in Japan, China and Korea.
||Straight grained with fine, even texture and high luster. Light brown colored heartwood with darker brown growth rings.
||Soft and light, with low stiffness and shock resistance, medium bending and crushing strength, moderate steam bending, low decay resistance, and very good stability in use.
||A joy to work with using either hand or machine tools. Nail and screw holding properties are poor but glues easily and polishes to a smooth, very nice finish.
||Excellent wood for carving, wood sculpture, foundry patterns, mouldings, engravings, and drawing boards. Also valued for cabinetry, furniture, interior joinery, pencils, cigar boxes, Japanese shoes (geta), plywood, and decorative veneers.