Name Katsura (Cercidiphyllum japonica)
Type Hardwood.
Other Names Also known as heart tree or cake tree.
Sources Grows in Japan, China and Korea.
Appearance Straight grained with fine, even texture and high luster. Light brown colored heartwood with darker brown growth rings.
Physical Props 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.
Working Props 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.
Uses 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.