Just a quick post with a cake tree I saw yesterday. In the fall it smells like cake – some say caramel – and is native to China and Japan, which is the source of its usual name in English, katsura. “Cake tree” is just my own name for it – it’s the literal translation of the German name, kuchenbaum. The scent is due to maltol, a compound also present in breads, warmed butter, uncured smoked pork, chicory, milk, cocoa, coffee and roasted malt.
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