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CERCIDIPHYLLUM japonicum 'Amazing Grace'

Image of Cercidiphyllum japonicum f. pendulum 'Amazing Grace'

Family

Cercidiphyllaceae

Botanical Name

CERCIDIPHYLLUM japonicum f. pendulum 'Amazing Grace'

Plant Common Name

Amazing Grace Weeping Katsura Tree, Weeping Katsura Tree

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General Description

Introduced into the American nursery trade by Kentucky nurseryman Theodore Klein around 1960, 'Amazing Grace' is a weeping katsura tree that bears dainty, shimmering, heart-shaped leaves on cascading, mounded branches. The selection reportedly originated as a seedling in the nursery of Jess Eliot in Indiana and the cultivar name reportedly coined by Bob Hill of Courier Journal/Hidden Hill Nursery.

The leaves of this deciduous tree emerge with a bronzy color before turning medium green with a hint of blue-green. The leaf blades have tiny scalloped edges and are usually held in opposite pairs on the branches. In early spring, before the leaves emerge, tiny green male flowers appear on 'Amazing Grace'. In autumn, the foliage becomes a lovely mottled kaleidoscope of apricot to golden yellow and orange-red. The dropping leaves emit a sweet fragrance similar to that of warm cotton candy, burned sugar or caramel.

Grow the Amazing Grace weeping katsura tree in full or partial sun and fertile, well-drained soil. Avoid highly alkaline soils and position this tree in a spot protected from drying winter winds. Young or newly planted trees need regular moisture to become established. This tree does not transplant well, so it is best to plant smaller trees to grow into their landscape over decades. This beautiful tree makes an ideal specimen plant for yards, parks or any open public space. Do not crowd this wide-spreading tree next to trees or the mixed shrub border. A low groundcover or lawn makes the ideal under-planting to accentuate the tree's graceful silhouette.

Characteristics

  • AHS Heat Zone

    8 - 1

  • USDA Hardiness Zone

    4 - 8

  • Sunset Zone

    2b, 3a, 3b, 4, 5, 6, 14, 15, 16, 18, 19, 20

  • Plant Type

    Tree

  • Sun Exposure

    Full Sun, Partial Sun

  • Height

    15'-25' / 4.6m - 7.6m

  • Width

    18'-30' / 5.5m - 9.1m

  • Bloom Time

    Early Spring

  • Native To

    Eastern Asia, China, Japan

Growing Conditions

  • Soil pH

    Acidic, Neutral

  • Soil Drainage

    Average

  • Soil type

    Clay, Loam

  • Growth Rate

    Medium

  • Water Requirements

    Average Water

  • Habit

    Weeping

  • Seasonal Interest

    Spring, Summer, Fall, Winter

Ornamental Features

  • Flower Interest

    Insignificant

  • Flower Color

    Green

  • Foliage Color (Spring)

    Purple, Light Green, Bronze

  • Foliage Color (Summer)

    Green

  • Foliage Color (Fall)

    Yellow, Gold, Orange Red

  • Fragrant Flowers

    No

  • Fragrant Fruit

    No

  • Fragrant Foliage

    Yes

  • Bark or Stem Fragrant

    No

  • Repeat Bloomer

    No

  • Showy Fruit

    No

  • Edible Fruit

    No

  • Showy Foliage

    Yes

  • Foliage Texture

    Medium

  • Foliage Sheen

    Matte

  • Evergreen

    No

  • Showy Bark

    No

Special Characteristics

  • Bark Texture

    Exfoliating

  • Usage

    Feature Plant, Shade Trees

  • Sharp or Has Thorns

    No

  • Invasive

    No

  • Attracts

    Birds

  • Self-Sowing

    Yes