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Acer palmatum

Japanese Maple

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 Japanese Maple is a beautiful small deciduous tree with a broad-rounded crown and low branching.  Large palmate green leaves have varying shades of yellow, red-purple, and bronze for fall color.  Small non-showy umbels of red-purple flowers bloom mid-spring followed by samaras.  Grows best in rich, moist, slightly acidic well-drained soils.  Prefers full sun in cooler climates, but needs afternoon shade in southern areas.

Type: 

Tree

Height: 

10’ - 25'

Spread: 

10' - 25'

Spacing: 

15'

USDA Hardiness Zone: 

5 - 8

Culture: 

Full Sun, Part Sun

Bloom Color: 

Purple

Season of Interest: 

Fall

MAINTENANCE NEEDS: Low maintenance.  Water regularly.  Mulch in southern climates to keep roots cool.  Keep pruning to a minimum and prune in fall or winter.  Potential issues include stem canker, leaf spots, fusarium, wilt, botrytis, anthracnose, and root rots.  Potential insect pests include aphids, scale, borers, root weevils, and mites.  Chlorosis may occur in high pH soils

LANDSCAPE USES: Group Plantings or Specimen Tree, Naturalized AreasWoodland Gardens, Privacy ScreenStreet Tree, and  Shade Tree

COMPANION PLANTS: Pieris, RhododendronHosta

IMAGE: Fab5669Châlons - petit jard (42)CC BY-SA 3.0, (2) Krzysztof GolikAcer palmatum in Eastwoodhill Arboretum (5)CC BY-SA 4.0, (3) Auckland Museum, Acer palmatum Thunb. (AM AK305049-1)CC BY 4.0, (4) Photo by David J. Stang, Acer palmatum 4zzCC BY-SA 4.0 

*As plants have ranges in appearance they may not appear as the images shown.


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