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ACER palmatum 'Chitose-yama'

Image of Acer palmatum 'Chitose-yama'

Family

Aceraceae

Botanical Name

ACER palmatum 'Chitose-yama'

Plant Common Name

Chitose-yama Japanese Maple, Japanese Maple

General Description

A deciduous tree native to eastern Asia, the beautiful and ubiquitous Japanese maple is a garden staple. The cultivar 'Chitose-yama' develops a broad mounded canopy and packs a powerful punch when it comes to ornamental value. This fine selection has very finely divided green to burgundy palmate leaves that turn brilliant purple, orange and red in the fall.

Elegant and adaptable, Japanese maple prefers sites with rich, well-drained soil and part sun to part shade. It sows itself into the garden with efficacy, but this should not dissuade anyone from growing it. Japanese maple is versatile in the landscape and may be grown as a feature plant, in a mixed border, or trained for bonsai.

Characteristics

  • AHS Heat Zone

    8 - 2

  • USDA Hardiness Zone

    6 - 8

  • Sunset Zone

    A3, 2a, 2b, 3a, 3b, 4, 5, 6, 7, 8, 9, 12, 13, 14, 15, 16, 17, 18, 19, 20, 21, 22, 23, 24

  • Plant Type

    Tree

  • Sun Exposure

    Partial Sun, Partial Shade

  • Height

    20'-30' / 6.1m - 9.1m

  • Width

    15'-40' / 4.6m - 12.2m

  • Bloom Time

    Early Spring, Spring

  • Native To

    Eastern Asia, China, Japan, Korea

Growing Conditions

  • Soil pH

    Acidic, Neutral, Alkaline

  • Soil Drainage

    Average

  • Soil type

    Clay, Loam, Sand

  • Growth Rate

    Medium

  • Habit

    Arching/Fountain-shaped

  • Seasonal Interest

    Spring, Summer, Fall, Winter

Ornamental Features

  • Flower Interest

    Insignificant

  • Flower Color

    Red

  • Fruit Color

    Green, Burgundy

  • Foliage Color (Spring)

    Light Green, Burgundy

  • Foliage Color (Summer)

    Green, Burgundy

  • Foliage Color (Fall)

    Purple, Orange, Burgundy, Dark Red

  • Bark Color

    Green, Burgundy, Gray

  • Fragrant Flowers

    No

  • Fragrant Fruit

    No

  • Fragrant Foliage

    No

  • Bark or Stem Fragrant

    No

  • Flower Petal Number

    Single

  • Repeat Bloomer

    No

  • Showy Fruit

    Yes

  • Edible Fruit

    No

  • Showy Foliage

    Yes

  • Foliage Texture

    Fine

  • Foliage Sheen

    Matte

  • Evergreen

    No

  • Showy Bark

    Yes

Special Characteristics

  • Bark Texture

    Smooth

  • Usage

    Container, Feature Plant, Foundation, Rock Garden / Wall, Topiary / Bonsai / Espalier

  • Sharp or Has Thorns

    No

  • Invasive

    No

  • Self-Sowing

    Yes