Acer palmatum

Scientific name: Acer palmatum


Common names: “Japanese maple”

Plant Type: Deciduous tree


Zone: 6-8

Light: Full sun – semi-shade

Exposure: Sheltered

Soil: Humus rich, slightly acidic

Moisture: Evenly moist well drained


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Plant Size: H 20′ W 10′ , very slow growing

Leaf and Stem shape: 5-9 lobed palmate leaves

Flower: Purple red flowers followed by winged samaras Image result for acer palmatum

Pruning: Minimal, cut out DDD’s, any larger cuts are best done in July-August

Maintenance: Low, self seeds about, dieback can be “thumb pruned”

Landscape use: Japanese garden, city courtyard, focal point

Propagate: By seed and grafting

Pests & Disease: Some varieties get a lot of dieback, also leaf scorch in too much sun without enough moisture

Comments: Nice branch structures, there are many different named forms, grafted trees tend to be smaller, less hardy, more interesting and expensive, seedlings are variable and take a very long time to grow

Cultivars: A. p. f. atropurpurea – has purple leaves

A. p. var. dissectum – bright orange deeply cut leaves

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