Japanese Maple
Acer palmatum 'Scolopendrifolium'

Family: Sapindaceae (sap-in-DAY-see-ee) (Info)
Genus: Acer (AY-ser) (Info)
Species: palmatum (pahl-MAY-tum) (Info)
Cultivar: Scolopendrifolium
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Category:

Shrubs

Trees

Group:

Linearilobum (narrow, straplike divided leaves)

Height:

12-15 ft. (3.6-4.7 m)

15-20 ft. (4.7-6 m)

Spacing:

12-15 ft. (3.6-4.7 m)

15-20 ft. (4.7-6 m)

Hardiness:

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)

USDA Zone 8a: to -12.2 C (10 F)

USDA Zone 8b: to -9.4 C (15 F)

USDA Zone 9a: to -6.6 C (20 F)

USDA Zone 9b: to -3.8 C (25 F)

Sun Exposure:

Sun to Partial Shade

Light Shade

Foliage:

Grown for foliage

Deciduous

Good Fall Color

Other details:

Average Water Needs; Water regularly; do not overwater

Provides winter interest

Soil pH requirements:

6.1 to 6.5 (mildly acidic)

6.6 to 7.5 (neutral)

Patent Information:

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Propagation Methods:

From seed; direct sow outdoors in fall

From seed; stratify if sowing indoors

By grafting

By budding

Seed Collecting:

Allow seedheads to dry on plants; remove and collect seeds

Properly cleaned, seed can be successfully stored

Regional

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

Chicago, Illinois

Winnetka, Illinois

Southold, New York

Woodstock, New York

Gardeners' Notes:

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On Mar 3, 2008, plantaholic186 from Winnetka, IL wrote:

I planted this tree in sandy soil in Chicago, then moved it to more clay soil in Winnetka. The tree has done well in both locations. In the sandy soil, the fall color was crimson, in the clay soil it's more of a russet color.

This cultivar is listed as 'Shinobuga oka' in the fourth edition of Vertrees, as well as 'Linearelobum' and about 7 others. Personally, I have seen what looks suspiciously like 'Koto no ito' as 'Scolopendrifolium'.