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Japanese Maple 'Katsura'

Acer palmatum

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


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:

Unknown - Tell us

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:


Bloom Characteristics:

Unknown - Tell us

Water Requirements:

Average Water Needs; Water regularly; do not overwater

Where to Grow:

Can be grown as an annual


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

Portland, Oregon

Walhalla, South Carolina

Lexington, Virginia

Lacey, Washington

Olympia, Washington

Vancouver, Washington

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Gardeners' Notes:


On Oct 3, 2014, Adkins1777 from Lakeland, FL (Zone 9b) wrote:

I first started with a 10 year old Katsura and turned it into a bonsai. The tree was on display at the bonsai pavilion at the Washington DC Arboretum in 1991 for a week and only had been in it's pot for less than a year. It returned many times over the years and traveled with me to Chicago for a show there also it won many ribbons over the next ten years. The tree has lived in Maryland, Washington DC, South Michigan and now in Central Florida. Being in Florida I've been warned I have 3 to 7 years before it dies. I defoliated the Katsura's twice a year depending which of the 4 I have, all are off springs of the first. The Grandmother started in 1980 became a bonsai in 1990 and in 2005 through air layering gave birth to the Mother which will become a bonsai in 2015. The Mother has had... read more


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!


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.