Acer palmatum (Japanese Maple)

Acer palmatum (Japanese Maple)

Acer palmatum (Japanese Maple)

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Acer palmatum, commonly known as Japanese maple or smooth Japanese maple, is a deciduous shrub or small tree that is native to Japan, Korea, China, eastern Mongolia, and southeast Russia. It has palmate leaves with five to nine lobes that may come in green or red (or both), depending on the variety and season. The leaves turn to brilliant shades of red, orange, yellow, or purple in the fall, creating a stunning display. The flowers are small, red or purple, and produced in clusters in spring. The fruit is a pair of winged samaras that spin in the wind when falling from the tree. Acer palmatum can grow from 2 to 25 feet tall and wide, depending on the cultivar and growing conditions. It can have a round, mounding, vase-like, cascading, or upright shape. It may also have a weeping form. Acer palmatum is a versatile and ornamental plant that can be used as a specimen, bonsai, hedge, screen, or container plant. It can also be planted in groups or mixed borders to create a woodland or Japanese-style garden. It prefers partial shade and moist, well-drained soil. It is hardy in zones 5 to 9 and can tolerate some drought and frost once established. However, it may need protection from strong winds and extreme temperatures.

Light requirement: Part sun/part shade

Water requirement: Medium

Watering frequency:

Soil: Moist, well-drained

Skill level: Intermediate

Growth rate: Slow

Suitable for containers: Yes

More info: Water regularly until established, then water only during dry periods. Mulch around the base of the plant to conserve moisture and prevent weeds. Apply a balanced fertilizer in spring before new growth emerges. Prune lightly in winter or early spring to remove dead or damaged branches and shape the plant as desired.

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Drought tolerance: Medium

Frost tolerance: Low

Wind tolerance: Low

Disease and pest susceptibility: Generally healthy but may be affected by aphids, scale insects, leafhoppers, borers, verticillium wilt, leaf spot, anthracnose, root rot

Mature height: 6 m

Mature width: 6 m

Suitable for shaping: Yes

Colour: Green or red (or both), depending on the variety and season

Variegation: No

Size: Small/medium

Seasonality: Deciduous

Flowering: Yes; profuse/bright display

Flower colour: Red or purple

Flower fragrant: No

Flowering season: Spring

Fruit: Yes

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