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ACER palmatum 'Beni-kawa'
Beni-kawa Japanese Maple, Japanese Maple
The beautiful and ubiquitous Japanese maple is a small deciduous tree native to eastern Asia. Selected in about 1985 for its showy bark, which is even more brightly colored than that of 'Sango-kaku', 'Beni-kawa' has bright coral-red young stems which become duller as the branches age. The small, palmate (hand-shaped) leaves emerge pale green, deepen in color in summer, and turn yellow in fall. Clusters of red flowers dangle from the branches in spring, followed by small green two-winged fruits that mature to red-brown. This upright small tree is a lovely garden feature year round, especially in winter.
This maple does best in moist, humus-rich soil and sun to part shade. Use it as a featured specimen or bonsai plant. Its branches are especially striking against a white background.
8 - 2
6 - 8
A3, 2a, 2b, 3a, 3b, 4, 5, 6, 7, 8, 9, 10, 12, 14, 15, 16, 17, 18, 19, 20, 21, 22, 23, 24
Full Sun, Partial Sun, Partial Shade
30'-35' / 9.1m - 10.7m
15'-20' / 4.6m - 6.1m
Spring, Late Spring, Early Summer
Acidic, Neutral, Alkaline
Clay, Loam, Sand
Spring, Summer, Fall, Winter
Red, Green, Brown
Red, Coral, Gray
Container, Feature Plant, Foundation, Mixed Border, Topiary / Bonsai / Espalier
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