Japanese Maple
Acer palmatum 'Kamagata'

Family: Sapindaceae (sap-in-DAY-see-ee) (Info)
Genus: Acer (AY-ser) (Info)
Species: palmatum (pahl-MAY-tum) (Info)
Cultivar: Kamagata
Hybridized by Introduced by Maplewood Nursery, Virginia
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Category:

Shrubs

Group:

Dwarf

Height:

36-48 in. (90-120 cm)

Spacing:

36-48 in. (90-120 cm)

Hardiness:

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

Foliage:

Grown for foliage

Deciduous

Good Fall Color

Other details:

Average Water Needs; Water regularly; do not overwater

Suitable for growing in containers

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:

Non-patented

Propagation Methods:

By grafting

Seed Collecting:

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

Regional

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

Sacramento, California (2 reports)

Hinsdale, Illinois

Winnetka, Illinois

Euclid, Ohio

Media, Pennsylvania

Norristown, Pennsylvania

Houston, Texas

Blaine, Washington

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Gardeners' Notes:

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Positive

On Mar 23, 2010, milletre from Sacramento, CA wrote:

Have had this plant about three years now. In my experience so far, it has the interesting habit of pushing out growth twice per year: Once in the spring when you of course expect it, and it has added an additional foot each fall. Perhaps I have a slightly different cultivar from the other commenter on this plant; it's already three feet all after three years (growing in a container with morning sun and afternoon shade on a very hot deck) and shows no sign of slowing!

Positive

On Dec 27, 2004, Todd_Boland from St. John's, NL (Zone 5b) wrote:

This dwarf Japanese maple belongs to the Palmatum Group. The small leaves emerge rusty-red then become light green in summer, turning back yellow and orange in autumn. The bushy plant will reach only a meter high (3 feet). Perfect plant for a container, for training as bonsai or for placing in a rock garden.