This rarely-cultivated, medium-sized tree in the Walnut family grows really well with us.
Platycarya strobilacea has fine, pinnate foliage and is truly an unusual plant in flower and fruit. The cylindrical male catkins are erect and are clustered around the female cone-like catkin in a candelabra-like arrangement, smelling faintly of Granny Smith apples!
As the rigid cone-like structure housing the female flowers matures, it turns from bright green to an attractive chestnut-brown. These cones remain on the tree into the next season, making it a plant for both summer and winter interest.
There is another fine example on Brookside Lawn.