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Maple, Japanese

Acer palmatum

Aceraceae - Maple

Description

Leaves: Opposite; simple; deeply 5- to 9-lobed; 2" to 5" long; deciduous; doubly serrate; green to reddish-purple depending on cultivar; yellow, orange, purple, or red fall color.

Twigs/buds: Twigs green to reddish usually, hairless; thin.  Buds green or red; small, hidden by petiole; terminal buds often double.

Flowers/fruit: Monoecious.  Fruit a samara; 1/2" to 3/4" long; wings curved in toward one another; fall maturing.

Bark: Green to reddish-purple when young, but grayish when older; attractive.

Wood: Hard; little information available.

General: Native to China, Japan, and Korea.  Does not like cold or intense heat.  Intermediate shade tolerance.

Landscape Use: Beautiful small tree that has been planted a fair amount in Utah, but is limited by cold and heat extremes.  Its foliage texture, fall color, and small size make it very desirable.  I have seen one doing well on the USU campus in Logan in a sunken area on the southwest side of a building.  I also have three in my front yard on the north side of the house for protection.  The cut-leaved variety occasionally suffers frost damage, but so far is still worth having.  Best planted where afternoon shade and wind protection are available.  Zones 5-8.

Cultivars: Numerous varieties.

Characteristics

General

Family:
Aceraceae - Maple
Cultivar Availability:
Yes
Hardiness Zone:
5-8
Type:
Broadleaf
Utah Native:
No

Growth

Growth Rate:
Low
Mature Height:
Low
Longevity:
Medium
Is Good Under Power Lines:
Yes
Crown Shape:
Rounded

Ornamental

Bark:
Yes
Fall Color:
Yes
Flowers:
Yes
Foliage:
Yes
Fruit:
Yes

Tolerence

Shade:
High
Salt:
Medium
Drought:
Low
Poor Drainage:
Low
Alkalinity:
Medium
Transplanting:
Medium