CERCIDIPHYLLUM japonicum f. pendulum 'Amazing Grace'
Plant Common Name
Amazing Grace Weeping Katsura Tree, Weeping Katsura Tree
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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.
AHS Heat Zone
8 - 1
USDA Hardiness Zone
4 - 8
2b, 3a, 3b, 4, 5, 6, 14, 15, 16, 18, 19, 20
Full Sun, Partial Sun
15'-25' / 4.6m - 7.6m
18'-30' / 5.5m - 9.1m
Eastern Asia, China, Japan