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PlantFiles: Japanese Maple
Acer palmatum 'Higasayama'

Family: Sapindaceae (sap-in-DAY-see-ee) (Info)
Genus: Acer (AY-ser) (Info)
Species: palmatum (pahl-MAY-tum) (Info)
Cultivar: Higasayama
Additional cultivar information: (aka Higasa yama, Roseo-marginatum, Cristatum Variegatum)

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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:
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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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Gardeners' Notes:

Positive Todd_Boland On Dec 25, 2004, Todd_Boland from St. John's, NL (Zone 5b) wrote:

This is one of the largest variegated Japanese Maples, reaching 7-8 m. The leaves of this Palmatum Group maple are relatively small. The leaves go through dramatic changes throughout the season. They start off creamy with bright red bud scales. As they mature, pink edges develop. This pink disappears by mid-summer when the leaves go green. In the fall, the margins become yellow on an otherwise red leaf. Quite dramatic. This is a very old cultivar described as early as 1880.


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

Calistoga, California
Crescent City, California
Garberville, California
San Jose, California
Perrineville, New Jersey
Franklin, Ohio
Walhalla, South Carolina
Anacortes, Washington

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