Japanese Red Maple Acer
palmatum atropurpureum Z 5-8
Habitat. The Japanese maple is a
relatively slow growing tree at about a foot a year. . The average
size of a mature Japanese Maple is between 15-25'. Some of the lace leaf
varieties of Japanese Maple only grow to 7'. Protect Japanese Maple from drying
winds and direct sun and provide well-drained, acid soil with plenty of organic
matter, particularly in the southern part of its range. Japanese Maple leaves
often scorch in hot summer weather in hardiness zones 7b and 8, unless they are
in some shade or irrigated during dry weather. More direct sun
can be tolerated in the northern part of the range. In the far north it is best
to plant Japanese Maples on the South-east side of a structure to protect it
from the cold winter winds. Good drainage is important, so don't allow water to
stand around the roots. Japanese Red Maple grow fine on clay soils as long as the
ground is sloped so water does not accumulate in the soil. It does not tolerate
salt. Responds well to
several inches of mulch placed beneath the canopy but remove mulch before winter
to keep the mice away. Be sure to clear all the grass away from beneath the
branches to reduce competition. Train the trunks and branches on Japanese Maple
so they will not touch each other. Eliminate or remove some secondary branches
on main branches with included bark or those which are likely to develop it as
soon as possible. This reduces the likelihood of one splitting from the tree
later when it has grown to become an important part of the landscape. Locate the
tree properly, taking into account the ultimate size since the tree looks best
if it is not pruned to control size. This Japanese Maple saplings makes an excellent bonsai tree.
Leaves. The leaf is 2-4", simple, 5-7
lobes, opposite, serrated and palm shaped, hence the name palmatum. The leaves
are persistent and in our greenhouse grown Japanese maples some will hang on
thru the winter.
Flowers. The flowers are
inconspicuous, red, opening with the new leaves
Fruit. Small, wide spreading winged
whirlybird. The seed ripen in the fall.
Winter Buds. Twigs are slender with
small red buds.
Uses. Probably the single most
attractive tree or shrub for landscaping.
Pests. There are very few diseases that affect this Maple. Canker, scales and aphids
are a few of the problems.
Other. Our Japanese Red Maple trees ( Acer palmatum) are a seed grown variety from the 'bloodgood'
cultivar. Being seed grown these maples will have some genetic variability
and will produce roughly 85% red and the rest will run from red to green. The
red color is caused by the pigment xanthocyanin. Japanese Red Maple can be
large shrub or small tree, has a layered look as a hemlock or dogwood, and tends
to leaf out early, so it may be injured by spring frosts. A Japanese red Maple tree can enhance any landscape with its
delightful spring flush of foliage. It can be the centerpiece of your landscape
if properly located.
Cultivars. There are nearly 200 known cultivars of the Acer palmatum. We
plan to expand our offerings into the grafted cultivars so stay tuned.
A bundle of 12-18" Japanese Red
Japanese Red Maple leaf
Seed grown Red Japanese Maple in my back
The leaves are hanging on into November
To buy Japanese Maple by PHONE: We're glad
to take your order by phone @ 231-544-6769. Phone orders can be charged to VISA,
Discover or MasterCard accounts.
To buy Japanese Maple by MAIL: For those who wish to
order by mail or prefer to send a check, send orders to:
Porcupine Hollow Farm
8593 W. State Rd. Central Lake, Mi. 49622