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PlantFiles: Japanese Maple
Acer palmatum 'Katsura'

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

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Palmatum (deeply divided leaves)

15-20 ft. (4.7-6 m)

12-15 ft. (3.6-4.7 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:
Full Sun
Sun to Partial Shade
Light Shade

Grown for foliage
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:
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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

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Gardeners' Notes:

Positive jamie68 On Jul 19, 2005, jamie68 from Vancouver, WA (Zone 8b) wrote:

This is one of those plants you almost have to see to believe....Incredible foliage - both in spring as it unfurls...and in autumn as they ready themselves to fall. Amazing Fall color!

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

Spectacular! This is a 'flowering-maple' selection from the Palmatum Group. The spring leaves are nearly florescent orange! In summer, they turn yellow or bright yellow-green if shaded. In fall, they turn orange, pink and yellow shades. Very few maples can compare to the beauty of this one. Although trees may reach 6-7 m, they can be kept quite small and can actually be used for bonsai or containers. It is not as hardy as some Japanese maples and benefits from a sheltered site.


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

Camarillo, California
Fountain Valley, California
San Anselmo, California
Latonia, Kentucky
Dearborn Heights, Michigan
Warrenton, Missouri
Walhalla, South Carolina
Lexington, Virginia
Lacey, Washington
Olympia, Washington
Vancouver, Washington

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