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Acer japonicum 'Otaki'

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

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10-12 ft. (3-3.6 m)
12-15 ft. (3.6-4.7 m)

10-12 ft. (3-3.6 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
Good Fall Color

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

Soil pH requirements:
5.6 to 6.0 (acidic)
6.1 to 6.5 (mildly acidic)
6.6 to 7.5 (neutral)

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

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

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Gardeners' Notes:

Positive maplenut On Oct 26, 2008, maplenut from Lacey, WA wrote:

O'Taki is an outstanding addition to your japanese maples. The several color shades of orange, red, yellow in Fall are intense, almost luminescent, and my neighbors tell me 'very showy!' I purposely planted an O'Taki and a Moonfire close together. Both are smallish, medium sized trees which will grow the same shape and their branches partially overlapping and both being luminescent in Fall will knock my neighbors socks off :) I have a Nicholsonii on the other side of the Moonfire which will also grow same height and the three will be able to be grownups together. I hunted far and wide for a large enough O'taki to get's worth it to pay for as large of one as you can afford and find. For an Acer Japonicum it grows in what I call the 'regular apple tree' shape, is medium sized to 15 ft and has outrageous colors.

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

Acer japonicum 'Otaki' (Dec) (z5)
Almost round 9-to-11 deeply-lobed 3-4" leaves clothe this large 10-15' shrub & provide brilliant fall colors; a fine plant for large gardens, "it should be planted more often"(van Gelderen). Sun-PSh/Med

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