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PlantFiles: Japanese Maple
Acer palmatum 'Scolopendrifolium Rubrum'

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

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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


1 positive
1 neutral
No negatives

Gardeners' Notes:

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

Acer palmatum 'Scolop. Rubrum' SCOLOPENDRIFOLIUM RED Dec (z6) (Bon)
An almost bamboo-like look is given to this sm-growing (to 6') maple by the very narrow lobes of its leaves; red in spring & fall, bronzy-red during the summer. S-PShade/Med

Positive DonShirer On Jun 18, 2006, DonShirer from Westbrook, CT (Zone 6a) wrote:

Saw a beautiful example of this variety on a garden tour in Old Lyme, CT. Purple leaves and seed pods had a delicate appearance against a green background in June. A tag on the tree said its common name was Red Strapleaf Maple, but this name seems also to be used for A.p. 'Atrolinear'. About 8 ft. tall thus far.


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

Garberville, California
South Lyme, Connecticut

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