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PlantFiles: Japanese Maple
Acer palmatum 'Skeeter's Broom'

Family: Sapindaceae (sap-in-DAY-see-ee) (Info)
Genus: Acer (AY-ser) (Info)
Species: palmatum (pahl-MAY-tum) (Info)
Cultivar: Skeeter's Broom

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12-15 ft. (3.6-4.7 m)
15-20 ft. (4.7-6 m)

10-12 ft. (3-3.6 m)
12-15 ft. (3.6-4.7 m)

USDA Zone 5a: to -28.8 C (-20 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:
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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1 neutral
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Gardeners' Notes:

Positive sterhill On Oct 17, 2011, sterhill from Atlanta, GA (Zone 7b) wrote:

This is one tough tree. I had it in a pot and it missed it's watering in a terrible drought this fall so (in September) all the leaves turned brown and fell off leaving only skeletal branches. Well, shame on me, but I moved it closer to the house and gave it a good watering hoping it would come back in the spring and it actually grew all new leaves in October.

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

Acer palmatum 'Skeeter's Broom' JAPANESE MAPLE Dec (z6)
This miniature (slowly to 3-6')'Bloodgood' has small (2-3") leaves with 7 sharply tipped lobes that emerge bright-red changing to a deep purple red which is held over summer; fine upright'mini'for container,bonsai.


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

Garberville, California
Atlanta, Georgia
Rock Island, Illinois
Webster, New York
Euclid, Ohio

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