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Japanese Maple

Acer palmatum

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Leaves opposite, simple, 2 to 5 inches long, deeply lobed

Native Locale:
Japan, China, Korea

Mature Height:
15 to 25 feet

Mature Width:
40 to 50 feet

Hardiness Zones:
Zone 5 to 8

Soil Preference:
Prefers moist, high organize matter, well drained soil

Growth Habit:
Species tends towards a rounded to broad- rounded character, often the branches assume a layered effect similar to Flowering Dogwood; the plant can be grown as a single- stemmed small tree or large multi- stemmed shrub

Rate of Growth:
Over many years a slow grower but in youth will tend toward the medium rate; about 10 to 15' over a 10 year period

Disease and Insect:
Few: rooted cuttings in plastic houses that leafed out early. High humidity promotes Botrytis infection

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Additional Notes:

  • There are many cultivars of this species which have varied uses in the landscape


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