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PlantFiles: Coral Bark Japanese Maple
Acer palmatum 'Beni Kawa'

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

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Palmatum (deeply divided leaves)

10-12 ft. (3-3.6 m)
12-15 ft. (3.6-4.7 m)
15-20 ft. (4.7-6 m)
20-30 ft. (6-9 m)

15-20 ft. (4.7-6 m)

USDA Zone 4a: to -34.4 C (-30 F)
USDA Zone 4b: to -31.6 C (-25 F)
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)
USDA Zone 9a: to -6.6 C (20 F)
USDA Zone 9b: to -3.8 C (25 F)

Sun Exposure:
Full Sun
Sun to Partial 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:
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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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2 neutrals
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Gardeners' Notes:

Neutral GardenQuilts On Feb 15, 2015, GardenQuilts from Pocono Mountains, PA (Zone 6a) wrote:

People collect seeds because they like to grow things from seed or they have gardening friends who do.

Each "new" Japanese maple cultivars began as a seed! (Unless it was a mutation or reversion of an existing plant).

Negative shortleaf On Aug 19, 2014, shortleaf from suburban K.C., MO (Zone 6a) wrote:

It's a grafted plant, you can't grow it from a seed. There are many other grafted Japanese Maples listed that way here. Why would anyone want to collect their seeds also?

Positive maplenut On Oct 27, 2008, maplenut from Lacey, WA wrote:

A great tree to use in a place you want to use its 'winter red bark' color (like you would use a Coral Bark) and it's beautiful fall YELLOW up against a contrasting grouping with a red like Moonfire, Fireglow or any number of others. Try to always remember the eventual and natural 'shape' of your japanese maple before placement. Too many photos in books show leaf up close but not a full-grown tree. So do your homework. Is it vase-shaped upright, dome-shaped, round and globe-like, or apple-tree like or it is more like a bush? Know its natural shape before you decide where it goes.

Positive slyperso1 On Apr 24, 2008, slyperso1 from Richland, MI (Zone 5b) wrote:

Great looking tree, but watch out for late frost

Positive sandersh On Mar 22, 2008, sandersh from Kenosha, WI wrote:

Great colors and excellent hardiness for a japanese maple. It is a fairly slow grower - my tree (from a cutting) is about 4 ft tall with 3/4 inch trunk after 5 years.

Neutral tcfromky On Oct 20, 2004, tcfromky from Mercer, PA (Zone 5a) wrote:

The brilliant red winter bark, as bright as Sango kaku, but a little less orange. Small leaves are bright green and turn to a golden-yellow. Great for bonsai. Height in a natural setting would reach a height of 12 - 15'.


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

Garberville, California
Pacifica, California
Dunnellon, Florida
Kansas City, Missouri
Brick, New Jersey
Cincinnati, Ohio
Kunkletown, Pennsylvania
Arlington, Tennessee
Houston, Texas
Lacey, Washington
Tacoma, Washington
Kenosha, Wisconsin

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