Cercydiphyllum japonicum Ra offers an unbelievable diversity of colors. In spring the upright growing variety has orange-yellow foliage, turning yellow in midsummer and eventually into a lime-green. The autumn shows a spectacular color play and reminds of a sunset. Despite its yellow color, Ra does not grow any slower than comparable Cercidiphyllums. Ra branches well and is very hardy. It is the perfect shrub to bring light into a dark spot in a garden and does not mind being in the semi-shade.