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Common Name: Katsura Tree      Latin Name: Cercidiphyllum japonicum      Size: 30 (min) to 60 (max)
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10140.00natorp nursery outlet, Mason OH Lat: 39.31520335 Long: -84.334768322013-04-06
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Cercidiphyllum japonicum
Origin: China, Japan
Maximum Height: 60 feet

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Category: Tree
Family:
Genus: Cercidiphyllum
species: japonicum
Origin: China, Japan
Size: 30 (min) to 60 (max)
Size Description: medium to large tree
Notes:
PlantPlaces.com 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 www.plantplaces.com! Characteristics: star rating Recommended
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Bloom history: (Recorded in Cincinnati, Ohio, unless otherwise noted)4/13/2013 until 4/20/2013 Cincinnati Ohio 39.17135678 -84.52539319See other plants that bloom at this time.
Plant Images and Specimens
Picture of
Foliage
Location: Spring Grove
Photo Credit: R. Scott Beuerlein

Picture of
Grove of Trees at P&G Headquarters
Location: Downtown Cincinnati
Photo Credit: R. Scott Beuerlein

Picture of
Grove of Trees at P&G Headquarters
Location: Downtown Cincinnati
Photo Credit: R. Scott Beuerlein

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Large Tree
Location: Spring Grove
Age: Old
Photo Credit: R. Scott Beuerlein
Season: April
Location: Cincinnati Zoo and Botanical Gardens 3400 Vine Street Cincinnati OH 45220
Specimen: 144
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Location: 6 Greenbriar Ft. Mitchell
Photo Credit: Steve Foltz

Location: 6 Greenbriar Ft. Mitchell KY 41017
Specimen: 151
Location: Cincinnati Zoo and Botanical Gardens 3400 Vine Street Cincinnati OH 45220
Specimen: 194
Location: Columbus 3195 Howey Columbus OH 43224
Specimen: 195
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Location: Columbus
Photo Credit: Steve Foltz

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Location: Columbus
Photo Credit: Steve Foltz

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Location: Columbus
Photo Credit: Steve Foltz

Location: Columbus 3195 Howey Columbus OH 43224
Specimen: 196
Location: Cave Hill Cemetery Cave Hill Road Louisville KY
Specimen: 518
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Tree in fall color
Photo Credit: Steve Foltz

Location: Spring Grove Cemetery 4521 Spring Grove Ave Cincinnati OH 45232
GPS location of this plant [Latitude: 39.171540883333300 Longitude: -84.526593050000000] Specimen: 579
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Large tree
Location: Spring Grove Cemetery
Photo Credit: R. Scott Beuerline

Location: Spring Grove Cemetery 4521 Spring Grove Ave Cincinnati OH 45232
GPS location of this plant [Latitude: 39.166465883333300 Longitude: -84.522832500000000] Specimen: 1226
Location: Spring Grove Cemetery 4521 Spring Grove Ave Cincinnati OH 45232
GPS location of this plant [Latitude: 39.171378950000000 Longitude: -84.526035766666700] Specimen: 1232
Location: Cincinnati Zoo and Botanical Gardens 3400 Vine Street Cincinnati OH 45220
GPS location of this plant [Latitude: 38.233721450000000 Longitude: -85.719814890000000] Specimen: 2629
Location: Village of Moscow, Ohio Water St Moscow OH
GPS location of this plant [Latitude: 38.856653266666700 Longitude: -84.231434200000000] Specimen: 2712
Location: Cincinnati Zoo and Botanical Gardens 3400 Vine Street Cincinnati OH 45220
GPS location of this plant [Latitude: 39.171277500000000 Longitude: -84.526573250000000] Specimen: 2804
Location: Cincinnati Zoo and Botanical Gardens 3400 Vine Street Cincinnati OH 45220
GPS location of this plant [Latitude: 39.142146720000000 Longitude: -84.509840230000000] Specimen: 2844
Location: Cleveland Botanical Garden 11030 East Blvd Cleveland OH 44106
GPS location of this plant [Latitude: 41.510711400000000 Longitude: -81.610324300000000] Specimen: 2867
Location: Cleveland Botanical Garden 11030 East Blvd Cleveland OH 44106
GPS location of this plant [Latitude: 41.511544000000000 Longitude: -81.610501083333300] Specimen: 2870
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Cercidiphyllum japonicum
Location: Cleveland Botanical Garden
Photo Credit: Brandan Jones
Season: May 2013
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Cercidiphyllum japonicum
Location: Cleveland Botanical Garden
Photo Credit: Brandan Jones
Season: May 2013
Location: Chicago Botanical Garden
GPS location of this plant [Latitude: 42.148073280000000 Longitude: -87.792209420000000] Specimen: 3680
Location: Chicago Botanical Garden
GPS location of this plant [Latitude: 42.147847000000000 Longitude: -87.789062710000000] Specimen: 3697
Location: Royal Botanic Gardens Edinburgh Royal Botanic Gardens Edinburgh Scotland
GPS location of this plant [Latitude: 55.964061200000000 Longitude: -3.209458680000000] Specimen: 4203
Location: Royal Botanic Gardens Edinburgh Royal Botanic Gardens Edinburgh Scotland
GPS location of this plant [Latitude: 55.963107990000000 Longitude: -3.209833520000000] Specimen: 4222
Location: Hortus Botanicus Amsterdam (Amsterdam Botanical Gardens) Plantage middenlaan 2a Amsterdam, Netherlands
GPS location of this plant [Latitude: 52.366393150000000 Longitude: 4.907702190000000] Specimen: 4282
Location: Jardin des Plantes, Paris, France 57 Rue Cuvier, 75005 Paris, France
GPS location of this plant [Latitude: 48.843873320000000 Longitude: 2.359111130000000] Specimen: 4373
Location: My Plant Collection
GPS location of this plant [Latitude: 39.171502180000000 Longitude: -84.526234870000000] Specimen: 4503
Location: Cincinnati Zoo and Botanical Gardens 3400 Vine Street Cincinnati OH 45220
GPS location of this plant [Latitude: 40.424439340000000 Longitude: -86.914933540000000] Specimen: 4526
Location: Cincinnati Zoo and Botanical Gardens 3400 Vine Street Cincinnati OH 45220
GPS location of this plant [Latitude: 40.425725150000000 Longitude: -86.909729400000000] Specimen: 4543
Location: My Plant Collection
GPS location of this plant [Latitude: 47.620807820000000 Longitude: -122.349243830000000] Specimen: 4550
Location: Halifax Public Gardens, Nova Scotia, Canada Halifax Public Gardens Halifax Nova Scotia
GPS location of this plant [Latitude: 44.643679180000000 Longitude: -63.582950250000000] Specimen: 4723
Location: Glasgow Botanic Garden, Scotland 730 Great Western Rd Glasgow, Glasgow City G12 0UE, United Kingdom
GPS location of this plant [Latitude: 55.882458617905200 Longitude: -4.290881056422710] Specimen: 5218
Location: Oxford England
GPS location of this plant [Latitude: 51.750925370000000 Longitude: -1.247737380000000] Specimen: 7750
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Location: Oxford England

Location: Kew Gardens Richmond Surrey (London, England) TW9 3AB
GPS location of this plant [Latitude: 51.483073350000000 Longitude: -0.294756470000000] Specimen: 8575
Location: Dumbarton Oaks 1703 32nd St NW Washington DC 20007
GPS location of this plant [Latitude: 38.913333000000000 Longitude: -77.062611000000000] Specimen: 8755
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Location: Near R St. NW wall
Photo Credit: Paul Koloszar
Season: summer
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Location: Near R St. NW wall
Photo Credit: Paul Koloszar
Season: summer
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Location: Near R St. NW wall
Photo Credit: Paul Koloszar
Season: summer
Location: Bailiwick of Jersey UK, Botanic Gardens
GPS location of this plant [Latitude: 49.174984320000000 Longitude: -2.081271170000000] Specimen: 8879
Location: Harrisburg, PA
GPS location of this plant [Latitude: 40.262125680000000 Longitude: -76.881819840000000] Specimen: 10726
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State Capitol building
Location: Harrisburg, PA

Location: Vienna, Austria
GPS location of this plant [Latitude: 48.190325850000000 Longitude: 16.383052720000000] Specimen: 10797
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August 2017
Location: Vienna, Austria

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