Japanese Maple (Acer palmatum)
Other Names - Smooth Japanese Maple, 紅葉 ,
Origins - China, Japan, Korea.
Type - Perennial (deciduous).
Hardiness (see References, below) - Zones 5 - 9.
Bloom - Spring, early
Fruit - Summer, early Fall.
Approx. up to 30 ft (9 m).
Cultivation - Light shade, moist, well drained soils, protected locations (avoid exposure to harsh, dry, and cold winds). Japanese Maple likes growing next to ponds, and other water reservoirs. Prune, for great shape, see
Propagation - By cuttings; by grafting, by seeds.
Other - Elegant, and slow growing silhouette of this small tree, makes it a most desired accent in any garden. Japanese Maple's cultivars produce variety of most beautiful foliage shapes, and colors. Cultivars
'Aka shigitatsu sawa' - variegated tricolor (pink, white, green) foliage,
'Butterfly' - small, white-fringed, foliage,
'Dissectum' - lace-like foliage,
'Higasa yama' - yellow-green, variegated foliage,
'Koto no ito' - most delicate, thread-like foliage.
Japanese Maple, makes great bonsai material. Learn HOW TO CREATE A BONSAI,here.
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