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PlantFiles: Japanese Maple
Acer palmatum 'Coonara Pygmy'

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

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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

Grown for foliage

Other details:
Average Water Needs; Water regularly; do not overwater
Provides winter interest
Suitable for growing in containers

Soil pH requirements:
5.1 to 5.5 (strongly acidic)
5.6 to 6.0 (acidic)
6.1 to 6.5 (mildly acidic)
6.6 to 7.5 (neutral)
7.6 to 7.8 (mildly alkaline)

Patent Information:
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Propagation Methods:
From woody stem cuttings
From softwood cuttings
From semi-hardwood cuttings
From hardwood cuttings
By grafting

Seed Collecting:
Allow seedheads to dry on plants; remove and collect seeds
Properly cleaned, seed can be successfully stored

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2 positives
1 neutral
No negatives

Gardeners' Notes:

Positive bmottern On Nov 16, 2012, bmottern from Durham, NC wrote:

I've seen Coonara Pygmy performing well in the Raleigh / Durham area. Dense, shrubby, 3-4' tall, 4'+wide. Needs dappled light to afternoon shade here. Nice pinkish-orange tones of fall color.

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

AKA Coonera Pygmy.

Positive Todd_Boland On Dec 21, 2004, Todd_Boland from St. John's, NL (Zone 5b) wrote:

This dwarf Japanese maple will form a rounded bush to 1.5 m, making it ideal for bonsai, containers or a rock garden situation. The leaves are typical Palmatum Group but small. The summer foliage is shiny green but in autumn, they turn bright deep pink. It was introduced by Yamina Rare Plants of Monbulk, Victoria, Australia.


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

Garberville, California
Kansas City, Missouri
Durham, North Carolina
Seattle, Washington

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