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Acer japonicum 'Meigetsu'

Family: Sapindaceae (sap-in-DAY-see-ee) (Info)
Genus: Acer (AY-ser) (Info)
Species: japonicum (juh-PON-ih-kum) (Info)
Cultivar: Meigetsu

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15-20 ft. (4.7-6 m)
20-30 ft. (6-9 m)

USDA Zone 5a: to -28.8 C (-20 F)
USDA Zone 5b: to -26.1 C (-15 F)
USDA Zone 6a: to -23.3 C (-10 F)
USDA Zone 6b: to -20.5 C (-5 F)
USDA Zone 7a: to -17.7 C (0 F)
USDA Zone 7b: to -14.9 C (5 F)

Sun Exposure:
Sun to Partial Shade
Light Shade

Grown for foliage
Good Fall Color

Other details:
Average Water Needs; Water regularly; do not overwater

Soil pH requirements:
5.1 to 5.5 (strongly acidic)
5.6 to 6.0 (acidic)
6.1 to 6.5 (mildly acidic)
6.6 to 7.5 (neutral)
7.6 to 7.8 (mildly alkaline)

Patent Information:
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Propagation Methods:
From softwood cuttings
From seed; direct sow outdoors in fall
By grafting

Seed Collecting:
Collect seedhead/pod when flowers fade; allow to dry

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2 positives
1 neutral
No negatives

Gardeners' Notes:

Positive Pauliewog On Mar 3, 2011, Pauliewog from Seattle, WA wrote:

I have planted two of these trees in the last 10 years. Indeed, both were robust growers, developing an elegant vase shape in just a few years. In our most severe Seattle summer heat (!), it has experienced slight leaf burn; maybe a partially shaded location would beat full sun for this reason. Fall color occurs on a time curve; at one point the tree has partially green, yellow, orange and deep red colors, not unlike some Witch Hazels. Also, it has quite strong petioles which is always good against fall winds.

Positive blumburg On Apr 25, 2009, blumburg from powell, OH (Zone 5b) wrote:

Have had this tree for three years and it is doing fine in almost full sun in Powell Ohio. But it is a real slow grower. It has grown about a foot wider but probably only about 5 inches taller. I had read they are fast growers. Beautiful in spring and fall with red-orange edged green leaves, and in summer, the large green leaves provide a good contrast to my Inaba Shidare (lacey red leaves) right next to it. Had hoped for faster growth since I'm trying to get some shade over a small pond. I'd highly recommend this tree if you are patient.

Neutral berrygirl On Mar 16, 2007, berrygirl from Braselton, GA (Zone 7b) wrote:

Acer japonicum 'Meigetsu' JAPANESE MAPLE Dec (z5)
The very large (to 6") leaves of this round-headed 12-15' tree make a lovely small shade tree with spectacular fall colors of red, yellow and orange. Sun/Med


This plant has been said to grow in the following regions:

Tupelo, Mississippi
Powell, Ohio
Newport News, Virginia
Seattle, Washington

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