Japanese Maple 'Oridono nishiki'

Acer palmatum

Family: Sapindaceae (sap-in-DAY-see-ee) (Info)
Genus: Acer (AY-ser) (Info)
Species: palmatum (pahl-MAY-tum) (Info)
Cultivar: Oridono nishiki
Additional cultivar information:(aka Orido nishiki)
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Palmatum (deeply divided leaves)


10-12 ft. (3-3.6 m)

12-15 ft. (3.6-4.7 m)


12-15 ft. (3.6-4.7 m)

15-20 ft. (4.7-6 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)

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

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

Sun Exposure:

Sun to Partial Shade

Light Shade


Grown for foliage



Provides winter interest

Other details:

Unknown - Tell us

Soil pH requirements:

6.1 to 6.5 (mildly acidic)

6.6 to 7.5 (neutral)

Patent Information:

Unknown - Tell us

Propagation Methods:

From woody stem cuttings

From softwood cuttings

From semi-hardwood cuttings

From hardwood cuttings

From seed; stratify if sowing indoors

From seed; direct sow after last frost

By grafting

By budding

Seed Collecting:

Allow seedheads to dry on plants; remove and collect seeds

Properly cleaned, seed can be successfully stored

Foliage Color:

Unknown - Tell us

Bloom Characteristics:

Unknown - Tell us

Water Requirements:

Average Water Needs; Water regularly; do not overwater

Where to Grow:

Suitable for growing in containers


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

Garberville, California

San Anselmo, California

San Jose, California

Palmyra, Illinois

Des Moines, Iowa

Manorville, New York

Roslyn, New York

Portland, Oregon

Norristown, Pennsylvania

Morrison, Tennessee

Spanaway, Washington

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Gardeners' Notes:


On Jan 28, 2007, otis from Morrison, TN wrote:

I have been growing and propagating 'Orido Nishiki' for more 15 years. It is one of my favorite cultivars. I propagate them from softwood cuttings. This is one of a few cultivars that surived a late freeze in March of 1995. I lost more than 3,000 Japanese maples in 31 cultivars in that late freeze.


On Feb 8, 2005, Todd_Boland from St. John's, NL (Zone 5b) wrote:

This variegated Palmatum Group maple is somewhat similar to the many other variegated selections. New spring leaves emerge pink then change to various combinations of pink, cream, white and green. The amount of variegation varies but this selection will have more colourful leaves on average than other variegated forms. It can reach 5-6 m but also lends itself to container planting where they will remian much smaller in size.