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Japanese Maple 'Villa Taranto'

Acer palmatum

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

Provides winter interest

Other details:

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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

Foliage Color:

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Bloom Characteristics:

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Water Requirements:

Average Water Needs; Water regularly; do not overwater

Where to Grow:

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

Garberville, California

Mill Valley, California

Stanford, California

Marietta, Georgia

Annapolis, Maryland

Tupelo, Mississippi

Euclid, Ohio

Wilkes Barre, Pennsylvania

Saint Helena Island, South Carolina

Walhalla, South Carolina

Newport News, Virginia

Cathan, Washington

Kingston, Washington

Lacey, Washington

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Gardeners' Notes:


On Apr 26, 2009, esteve59 from Annapolis, MD wrote:

In Maryland mine did not do well in a container so put in the ground last year.....very slow grower....actually I think it shrank....


On Nov 1, 2008, maplenut from Lacey, WA wrote:

I like Villa Taranto because it is in the category of 'Witches Broom' maples. I find that mine in the Pacific NW turns to beautiful shades of gold, brown, rust, a lot of earth tones. I have submitted a couple photos of it as a 6 yr old tree. I like mixing up the maples from the Witches Broom category with the more spiderlike leaf with more traditional maples for effect. It is definitely a worthwhile tree to add to your collection if you can find one.


On Jun 29, 2006, doss from Stanford, CA (Zone 9b) wrote:

Villa Taranto has a beautiful layered effect. Spring foliage emerges greenish but then turns bright red. It should grow into a shrubby plant approximately 10 feet tall and wide. Because of it's structure, it should be easy to keep it that size.