The Weeping katsura tree (Cercidiphyllum japonicum f. pendulum) belongs to the family Cercidiphyllaceae. It is a tall deciduous tree that is a variant of the "Katsura tree", which is found in various parts of Japan, with drooping branches. It is said that the original tree was discovered about 300 years ago in the mountains of Uchikawame, Osako-machi, Hanamaki-shi, Iwate Prefecture, and transplanted to the precincts of Take Myosenji Temple (now closed). All branches are weeping, with the lower branches reaching to the ground. Three "Weeping katsura tree" in Morioka City, Iwate Prefecture, have been designated as national natural monuments. They are the "Weeping katsura tree in Sakana-machi", the "Weeping katsura tree in Kado", and the "Weeping katsura tree in Ryugenji". It is also designated as the city tree of Morioka City.