Foliage: Deciduous broadleaf
Height: 6 to 25 feet
Spread: 6 to 25 feet
The variable foliage may be red or green with some being finely cut. Fall color varies from yellow to red to purple.
Zone: 5 to 8
Light: Partial shade to full sun
Moisture: Moist, to dry
Soil Type: Sandy or loam
pH Range: 3.7 to 6.5
Suggested uses for this plant include specimen plant.
Performs best with rich, moist soil conditions in partially shaded locations. Plant in soil that is well-drained, yet moist.
Keep soil moist during summer. During dry periods, water deeply by placing hose at base of plant and letting water trickle into the soil. Mulch around base of tree in summer.
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Aphids are a problem on new plant growth. Chewing insects create occasional problems.
Consult local sources, including historic or public gardens and arboreta, regarding cultivars and related species that grow well in your area.
Cultivars of ACER PALMATUM
`Bloodgood' holds its red leaf color better than others.
`Dissectum Atropurpureum' is compact and slow growing. It has finely cut leaves which are deep red. Leaf color fades in time.
`Osakazuki' (shown) has large green leaves that turn bright red in the fall.
Japanese Maple is valued for its interesting foliage. Most varieties are very slow growing and will rarely get over 10 feet tall; however, some varieties can grow up to 25 feet tall. Trees grown from seed lose their red leaf color in summer, which may be disappointing to the homeowner.