Japanese Maple
Acer palmatum 'Nicholsonii'

Family: Sapindaceae (sap-in-DAY-see-ee) (Info)
Genus: Acer (AY-ser) (Info)
Species: palmatum (pahl-MAY-tum) (Info)
Cultivar: Nicholsonii
Additional cultivar information:(aka Atrodissectum, Digitatum Atropurpureum)
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Category:

Trees

Group:

Unknown - Tell us

Height:

12-15 ft. (3.6-4.7 m)

Spacing:

12-15 ft. (3.6-4.7 m)

15-20 ft. (4.7-6 m)

Hardiness:

USDA Zone 5a: to -28.8 C (-20 F)

USDA Zone 5b: to -26.1 C (-15 F)

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)

Sun Exposure:

Sun to Partial Shade

Foliage:

Deciduous

Good Fall Color

Other details:

Average Water Needs; Water regularly; do not overwater

Provides winter interest

Suitable for growing in containers

Soil pH requirements:

6.1 to 6.5 (mildly acidic)

6.6 to 7.5 (neutral)

Patent Information:

Unknown - Tell us

Propagation Methods:

From woody stem cuttings

From softwood cuttings

From semi-hardwood cuttings

From hardwood cuttings

From seed; stratify if sowing indoors

From seed; direct sow after last frost

By grafting

By budding

Seed Collecting:

Allow seedheads to dry on plants; remove and collect seeds

Properly cleaned, seed can be successfully stored

Regional

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

Garberville, California

Greensboro, North Carolina

Memphis, Tennessee

Lacey, Washington

Gardeners' Notes:

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Positive

On Oct 26, 2008, maplenut from Lacey, WA wrote:

My Nicholsonii was not easy to find, so if you find one--buy it! Mine is planted right up front in full sun (Pacific NW) and in fall always turns a beautiful outstanding RED--not the same color of red like a Crimson Queen or Red Dragon but a definite red. I have not found it to be a fast grower but it is growing steadily. As always, buy a 'junior' or larger size if you can--the infants take too long!

Positive

On Feb 6, 2005, Todd_Boland from St. John's, NL (Zone 5b) wrote:

This selection is valued mostly for its fall colour, a mix of golden yelow and orange-red. The spring leaves emerge reddish-purple but turn green in summer. This Matsumurae Group maple was first described in 1893.