Japanese maple

Acer palmatum 'Osakazuki'

Japanese maple - Acer palmatum  'Osakazuki'

Common Name: Japanese maple
Genus: Acer
Species: palmatum
Cultivar: 'Osakazuki'

The Latin translation of the word Acer refers to the texture and strength of the wood that plants in this Genus produce. Palmatum is a reference to the hand shaped leaves.

Category: Trees
Growth Rate: Average
Features: Has interesting foliage, Has colourful autumn foliage

Hardiness: HardyHeight: 6.00 m (600 cm)
Sun/Shade: Partial shadeSpread: 6.00 m (600 cm)

Foliage Type: Deciduous
Foliage Colour: Green, Red

Soil Type: Acidic
Ericaceous: Requires a neutral or acid soil (or ericaceous compost), with a pH of 7 or below
Soil Moisture: Moist, but well drained

This Japanese maple is grown mainly for its spectacular autumn colour perhaps the best of all the maples. It has an open habit and its large seven-lobed bright green leaves turn brilliant scarlet in autumn and last for several weeks. It prefers a sheltered shady spot and looks dramatic silhouetted against a tall hedge or modern building.

    • Garden care: Plant in a sheltered spot away from cold winds. Dig a hole twice the size of the root ball add well-rotted organic matter and stake when young. Do not allow to dry out while it is getting established. Protect young trees from winter frost with a 10cm mulch of organic matter, taking care to leave space around the trunk of the tree.


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