Japanese Maple

Acer palmatum

Acer palmatum (Japanese Maple) - full tree

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Acer palmatum (Japanese Maple) - leaves

Foliage detail

Acer palmatum (Japanese Maple) - bark

Bark detail

  • Size:

    Height: up to 20'; Spread: up to 20'

  • Growth:

    Slow

  • Character:

    Deciduous; broad, rounded canopy often with multiple trunks.

  • Foliage:

    Light green, palmate leaves with 5-7 lobes, 1-2", new growth reddish. Fall color may be red, orange, yellow, or a combination depending on sunlight and temperature.

  • Flower:

    Insignificant, clusters of tiny red-green flowers.

  • Fruit:

    1" samaras grow in pairs and turn reddish in the fall.

  • Bark:

    Greenish bark turns gray-brown with age, shallowly fissured.

  • Watering:

    In general, 15-20 gallons per week for the first 2 years; 15-20 gallons twice a month for the 3rd year; as needed after 3 years (varies by soil, sun, and wind conditions).

  • Tree Care:

    Moderate. Prune to shape.

  • Tolerance:

    Prefers shade or semi-shaded area. Loam or sandy soil.

  • Special Considerations:

    Understory tree; needs protection from wind and sunburn; susceptible to verticillium wilt.

  • Notable Traits:

    Native to Japan, China, and Korea. Beautiful fall color, winter silhouette, and spring leaf budding.