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PlantFiles: Japanese Maple
Acer palmatum 'Sharp's Pygmy'

Family: Sapindaceae (sap-in-DAY-see-ee) (Info)
Genus: Acer (AY-ser) (Info)
Species: palmatum (pahl-MAY-tum) (Info)
Cultivar: Sharp's Pygmy

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18-24 in. (45-60 cm)

24-36 in. (60-90 cm)

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)
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

Grown for foliage
Good Fall Color

Other details:
Average Water Needs; Water regularly; do not overwater
Suitable for growing in containers

Soil pH requirements:
5.6 to 6.0 (acidic)
6.1 to 6.5 (mildly acidic)

Patent Information:
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Propagation Methods:
From semi-hardwood cuttings

Seed Collecting:
N/A: plant does not set seed, flowers are sterile, or plants will not come true from seed

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2 positives
No neutrals
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Gardeners' Notes:

Positive GardenSox On Sep 6, 2010, GardenSox from Sacramento, CA (Zone 9a) wrote:

I've only had this tree for a year and it has so far lived up to its name, however, in the 4th edition of JD Vertrees' book "Japanese Maples" the information for this tree includes this tidbit that I thought would be useful potential buyers: "This outstanding cultivar is one of the smallest palmatum cultivars, but is not a dwarf as originally supposed . . . 'Sharp's Pygmy' forms a densely foliaged, compact, low-spreading tree up to 3m (10 ft.) tall. It needs no pruning or training to give it a bonsai -like appearance. It is a truly remarkable dwarf."

So I'm a bit confused. It may or may not be a dwarf in 10 years but so far this tree has remained small (about 12-16 inches) for me.

Positive Todd_Boland On Mar 4, 2005, Todd_Boland from St. John's, NL (Zone 5b) wrote:

I've had this plant since 1999 and it is still only 8 inches tall! It is one of the smallest dwarf Japanese maples available. It is unusual in that it is one of the few grown from cuttings rather than grafting. It is ideal for bonsai, a rock garden or a small container. Spring foliage is green with a red cast, becoming green in summer then a mix of yellow, orange and red in fall. Truly a spectacular dwarf!


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

Garberville, California
Sacramento, California
Euclid, Ohio

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