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Japanese Maple 'Aka Shigitatsu Sawa'

Acer palmatum

Family: Sapindaceae (sap-in-DAY-see-ee) (Info)
Genus: Acer (AY-ser) (Info)
Species: palmatum (pahl-MAY-tum) (Info)
Cultivar: Aka Shigitatsu Sawa
Additional cultivar information:(aka Beni Shigitatsu Sawa, Samari, Samurai)
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Palmatum (deeply divided leaves)


8-10 ft. (2.4-3 m)

10-12 ft. (3-3.6 m)


8-10 ft. (2.4-3 m)


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)

USDA Zone 9b: to -3.8 C (25 F)

Sun Exposure:

Full Sun

Sun to Partial Shade

Light Shade


Grown for foliage



Other details:

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Soil pH requirements:

5.1 to 5.5 (strongly acidic)

5.6 to 6.0 (acidic)

6.1 to 6.5 (mildly acidic)

Patent Information:

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Propagation Methods:

By grafting

Seed Collecting:

N/A: plant does not set seed, flowers are sterile, or plants will not come true from seed

Foliage Color:

Unknown - Tell us

Bloom Characteristics:

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Water Requirements:

Average Water Needs; Water regularly; do not overwater

Where to Grow:

Suitable for growing in containers


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

Garberville, California

North Fork, California

San Jose, California

San Leandro, California

Marietta, Georgia

Tupelo, Mississippi

Cincinnati, Ohio

Norristown, Pennsylvania

Walhalla, South Carolina

Lexington, Virginia

Anacortes, Washington

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Gardeners' Notes:


On Apr 13, 2011, Osmantha from Marietta, GA wrote:

It's not a beauty queen most of the year, but the fall color is spectacular, with a range of rich orange-red colors. Despite the light color of the leaves, mine has not burned in the summer sun.


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

Acer palmatum 'Aka shigit.sawa' SAMURAI MAPLE Dec (z6) (Bon)
An unusual color combination: new 7-10 lobed leaves open maroon changing to green with dark veins & tones of pink & red washed over all; a slow-growing shrub, eventually to 8-12'. PSh/Med


On Dec 20, 2004, Todd_Boland from St. John's, NL (Zone 5b) wrote:

Spectacular! The spring leaves emerge maroon, but as the season progresses, the leaves turn yellow-green with pink and red overtones and dark veins. The fall colour is not as good as many Japanese Maples. This selection will reach about 4 m. It belongs to the Palmatum Group.