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90.Japanese Maple

Acer palmatum


Tree Details

Hardiness zone:
Depending on cultivar, zones 5 and 6 to 8; does quite well in zones 7 and 8
Height:
15 to 25ft. in height
Spread:
Greater than or equal to height; great variation in this species
Habit:
Species tends towards a rounded to broad-rounded character, often the branches assume a layered effect
Light:
Dappled shade is ideal, although purple forms go green in shade
Soil:

Flowers:
Small, red to purple, May to June borne in stalked umbels
Fruit:
Samara, ½ in. to ¾ in. long, wings ¼ in. to 3/8 in. wide, much incurved, the pair forming a broad arch
Landscape use:
Probably one of the most flexible maple species; magnificent specimen, accent plant, shrub border, grouping, bonsai
History:
Native to Japan, China, Korea; introduced to England in 1820; long cultivated by the Japanese
Pests\Problems:
Surprisingly few; high heat and humidity can cause plants to suffer
Significant Features:
Excellent fall color in November; fits most gardens

 

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