Acer palmatum

Acer palmatum
Acer palmatum  
Japanese maple
SIZE/TYPE taller shrub
LEAVES deciduous broadleaf
FLOWERS insignificant or non-blooming
LOCATION full to partial sun
SOIL TYPE acidic (peaty)
SOIL MOISTURE REQUIREMENTS evenly moist (dislikes drought)
USDA zone (lowest) 5   (down to -29°C)
FOR ZONE 5+6 Code of winter protection zone 5+6
FOR ZONE 7 Code of winter protection zone 7
BELONGS TO CATEGORIES Deciduous broadleaf
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Japanese maples are the „créme de la créme“ of every garden. A majestic looking tree needs no pruning at all and we recommend to let is form its own shape.

The species of Japanese maple is a green-leaved tree or rather a large shrub. End even though among landscapers and general green-finger-public the red-leaved versions tend to be more popular I suppose that this is the most beautiful and elegant tree of our climate. With its naturally green leaves it "plays no games" and shows what it is like to be a part of nature.

The leaves are deeply lobed, have 5 or 7 tips and offer a wide range of colours throughout the year should “just green” sound too boring to you. They are bronze as they emerge, changing to soft, mid green in summer, and turning golden, orange, pink and purple in autumn.

It grows slowly about 3-4m tall and wide, and forms a multi-stemmed shrub with a canopy crown. Pruning is not needed, however, you can help younger plants achieve a mature shape sooner by clearing the numerous small twigs around the main vertical stems to about two thirds from the ground. Thus it will make a dense, irregular umbrella-shaped crown. It is an easy-care, hardy plant, which does not need much maintenance. It does well in full sun, too. It requires slightly acidic, semi-fertile, moist but well-drained soil to establish extensive root system. Young plants need mulching for winter.

This maple deserves more attention especially by landscapers who offer plants for customers´ gardens as it is an easy and fully hardy plant in our climate that, owing to its slow growth rate and reduced size, is ideal to any, even the smallest of gardens. Fully hardy to USDA zone 5b (about -28°C).

Last update 31-12-2007

Acer palmatum (syn.
Acer japonicum
Acer palmatum
  • STANDARD QUALITY - Plants of this group are 1st class quality with number of branches and overall density adequate to their size and age, considering they were container grown.
  • DE LUXE QUALITY - This label guarantees a luxurious quality of manually selected plants that, compared to their height and age, are exceptionally dense and beautiful.
  • EXTRA - These plants are usually mature and bigger specimens with exceptional overall appearance.
  • STANDARD (as described in the plant form) means a tree with a trunk of 190-210 cm and a crown at the top, unless specified differently. The commercial size for trees is their girth measured in the height of 1m from ground.
  • HOBBY - These plants are of the same quality as our standard-quality plants but younger and therefore cheaper.
  • SHRUB - a woody plant with branches growing bushy from the ground level.
  • HALF-STANDARD or MINI-STANDARD - a small tree with shorter trunk, its size is usually specified.
  • FEATHERED - These are trees with branches growing already from the base of the trunk and up along the stem.
  • GRASSES and PERENNIALS - Sizes given usually read the diameter of the pot or the clump, as specified.
LARGE PLANTS over 150 cmspecimens, screening and hedging shrubs

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