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Japanese Maple
Acer palmatum 'Kurui jishi'

Family: Sapindaceae (sap-in-DAY-see-ee) (Info)
Genus: Acer (AY-ser) (Info)
Species: palmatum (pahl-MAY-tum) (Info)
Cultivar: Kurui jishi
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4-6 ft. (1.2-1.8 m)

6-8 ft. (1.8-2.4 m)


4-6 ft. (1.2-1.8 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


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

Garberville, California

Bloomfield, Connecticut

Gardeners' Notes:


On Apr 15, 2008, shferenc from Bloomfield, CT wrote:

This wonderful specimen is just about full grown at six feet and is approximately eight years old. It's perfect in a small garden or even in a container. The lobes of leaves incurve giving a star shaped appearance. Note the fabulous trunking.
It's doing fine in Bloomfield Ct. Z5


On Jan 5, 2005, Todd_Boland from St. John's, NL (Zone 5b) wrote:

Unique, charming, unusual, special...all describe this dwarf Japanese maple. The leaves are more-or-less Palmatum Group but the edges of the lobes are curled upwards and inwards (sort of opposite the popular cultivar 'Trompenburg'). The effect makes the leaves very starry in appearance. the edges are also very serrated, adding yet another dimension. The leaves are green, turning yellow in autumn. Plants will reach to 2 m and are ideal for containers or rockeries. A must-have plant for the Japanese maple collector. The name translates as 'the confused lion'!