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PlantFiles: 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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36-48 in. (90-120 cm)
4-6 ft. (1.2-1.8 m)

36-48 in. (90-120 cm)

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
Provides winter interest
Suitable for growing in containers

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

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1 negative

Gardeners' Notes:

Negative gerry_mac 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.


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

Garberville, California
Stanford, California

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