Japanese Maple
Acer palmatum 'Aratama'

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

Shrubs

Group:

Dwarf

Height:

36-48 in. (90-120 cm)

4-6 ft. (1.2-1.8 m)

Spacing:

36-48 in. (90-120 cm)

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

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 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

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

Regional

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

Garberville, California

Stanford, California

Gardeners' Notes:

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On May 16, 2006, gerry_mac from Dublin, CA wrote:

This was a very healthy plant when I first received it as a 1-year old graft from Mendocino Maples in April of 2005. The Aratama continued to thrive through the remainder of 2005 but the record 25 days of rain that we had in April of 2006 in the San Francisco Bay Area of California wreaked havoc on several of my Japanese maples and killed my 'Aratama'.

As I have over 100 acer cultivars in my collection I checked with the proprietor of Mendocino Maples to ask him how his acers fared in light of this record month of rainfall and was informed that most of his' Aratamas' were lost due to waterlogging.