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Japanese Maple
Acer palmatum 'Asahi zuru'

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


12-15 ft. (3.6-4.7 m)

15-20 ft. (4.7-6 m)


12-15 ft. (3.6-4.7 m)

15-20 ft. (4.7-6 m)


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

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


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

Garberville, California

San Anselmo, California

Glen Gardner, New Jersey

Gastonia, North Carolina

Junction City, Oregon

Gardeners' Notes:


On May 28, 2007, Mark_G from Glen Gardner, NJ wrote:

Japanese Maple - Asahi Zuru (a.k.a. 'Rising Sun' or, as noted previously, the 'Dawn Swan').

I'm not really a gardener, but wanted to plant a tree in my back yard. Wanted a tree that wouldn't get too big, could survive my 'black thumb', and was pleasing to look at.

Bought the tree from a nursery, already grown to about 6 feet in height. It's been a year now, the tree has grown almost a foot, and is beautiful. I will be uploading the picture for those of you interested.


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

Acer palmatum 'Asahi zuru' DAWN SWAN MAPLE Dec (z6)
The 5-to 7-lobed leaves of this dependable variety vary from being totally & strikingly white to being white speckled; a delightful small tree, upright & rounded to 12-20'tall (variegations develop the 2nd yr).PSh/M