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Common Name: Amazing Grace Weeping Katsura      Latin Name: Cercidiphyllum japonicum 'Amazing Grace'      Size: 15 (min) to 25 (max)
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I have a friend who owns a nursery called Hawksridge Nursery. I know he grows Amazing Grace. Ask for Rick.Steve
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Cercidiphyllum japonicum 'Amazing Grace'
Maximum Height: 25 feet

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Category: Tree
Family: Cercidiphylluceae
Genus: Cercidiphyllum
species: japonicum
Cultivar: 'Amazing Grace'
Size: 15 (min) to 25 (max)
Size Description: small weeping tree
Notes: Plant of the Week: October 7, 2012
Cercidiphyllum japonicum ‘Amazing Grace’ – Amazing Grace Weeping Katsura
by: Steve Foltz
This week I was at Spring Grove Cemetery and Arboretum. Of all the trees that I see at Spring Grove there is one tree that I especially love to show people. That tree is the magnificent Amazing Grace Weeping Katsura (Cercidiphyllum japonicum ‘Amazing Grace’).

This graceful weeping tree is one of the most underused plants in our region. The foliage is a bluish-green, 2 to 4 inches long and wide that turn yellow in the fall. There is a unique sweet burnt sugar fragrance that hovers around the plant whenever leaves fall from the tree. Every sensory Garden should have an Amazing Grace Weeping Katsura for this trait alone! The leaves on Amazing Grace Katsura are thicker than the species and other cultivars of Katsura making Amazing Grace Weeping Katsura a little tougher than the others. I think when Amazing Grace Katsura was first named some thought that all weeping Katsura trees were the new cultivar ‘Amazing Grace’. This is certainly not the case so when looking for this tree be sure the nursery knows the parentage of the plants they are selling as ‘Amazing Grace’. There is a more upright weeping Katsura named ‘Morioka Weeping’. This too is a fine weeping Katsura but in my opinion has nothing on ‘Amazing Grace’.

The original plant at Spring Grove was donated by Dick Ammon back in the late 70s. Dick received the plant from Theodore Klein, a Kentucky nurseryman from Crestwood, Kentucky. Theodore Klein was the one responsible for propagating and distributing several of the large Amazing Grace weeping Katsura trees we see today.

There are several plants of ‘Amazing Grace’ in the Greater Cincinnati, Northern Kentucky and Louisville regions. Yew Dell Gardens (the former home of the late Theodore Klein), Cave Hill Cemetery and Spring Grove Cemetery and Arboretum have specimens of the original plants from the late Theodore Klein. Each of these specimens are over 25’ tall and 35 feet wide after 35 plus years in the ground.

Make a point of visiting one of the beautiful specimens of Amazing Grace Weeping Katsura trees this fall. Visit a smaller but beautiful specimen at the Cincinnati Zoo and Botanical Gardens along the railroad tracks by the Reptile House. Do you know of any other specimens and where they are located? Let us know and we will add them to!

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Given to Dick by Theodore Klein
Age: 1978
Planted By: Dick Ammon
Photo Credit: Steve Foltz

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Location: Cave Hill Cemetery
Photo Credit: Steve Foltz

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Location: Spring Grove Cemetery
Age: 1978

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Amazing Grace Weeping Katsura at Spring Grove
Location: Near Front
Age: 1978
Photo Credit: Brandan Jones
Season: Fall
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Fall color
Location: Spring Grove
Age: 1978
Photo Credit: Steve Foltz
Season: Fall
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Twig and bud detail
Location: Spring Grove
Photo Credit: Scott Beuerleine
Season: Early Spring
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Winter Form
Location: Spring Grove Cemetery
Age: 1966
Photo Credit: Scott Beuerleine
Season: Winter
Location: Spring Grove Cemetery 4521 Spring Grove Ave Cincinnati OH 45232 [Latitude: 39.168360433333300 Longitude: -84.523098950000000] Specimen: 17
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Spring foliage
Location: Spring Grove
Age: 1966
Photo Credit: Scott Beuerleine
Season: May
Location: Bernheim Arboretum and Research Forest Po box 130 Clermont KY 40110
Specimen: 329
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Location: Bernheim Forest and Arboretum
Photo Credit: Steve Foltz

Location: Cave Hill Cemetery Cave Hill Road Louisville KY
Specimen: 330
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Location: Cave Hill Cemetery, Louisville, KY
Photo Credit: Steve Foltz

Location: Cave Hill Cemetery Cave Hill Road Louisville KY
Specimen: 519
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Tree going into fall color
Location: Cave Hill Cemetery, Louisville, KY
Photo Credit: Steve Foltz

Location: Spring Grove Cemetery 4521 Spring Grove Ave Cincinnati OH 45232 [Latitude: 39.168447783333300 Longitude: -84.523137566666700] Specimen: 1219
Location: Village of Moscow, Ohio Water St Moscow OH [Latitude: 38.856951733333300 Longitude: -84.227890816666700] Specimen: 2339
Location: Village of Moscow, Ohio Water St Moscow OH [Latitude: 38.856991933333300 Longitude: -84.227709850000000] Specimen: 2340
Location: Cincinnati Zoo and Botanical Gardens 3400 Vine Street Cincinnati OH 45220 [Latitude: 0.000000000000000 Longitude: 0.000000000000000] Specimen: 2836
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