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ACER palmatum 'Oshio-beni'

Image of Acer palmatum 'Oshio-beni'

Donna W. Moramarco

Family

Aceraceae

Botanical Name

ACER palmatum 'Oshio-beni'

Plant Common Name

Japanese Maple, Oshio-beni Japanese Maple

General Description

The beautiful and ubiquitous Japanese maple is a small deciduous tree native to eastern Asia. Its cultivar 'Oshio-beni' features deeply divided, seven-lobed, palmate (hand-shaped) leaves that emerge bright orange-red in spring, mature to dull bronze, and finally turn brilliant scarlet in fall. The gray bark is attractive throughout the year.

For most effective growth this maple prefers a semi-moist soil and part shade. It works well as a garden specimen, in containers, and 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, 10, 12, 14, 15, 16, 17, 18, 19, 20, 21, 22, 23, 24

  • Plant Type

    Tree

  • Sun Exposure

    Partial Sun, Partial Shade

  • Height

    10'-15' / 3.0m - 4.6m

  • Width

    10'-15' / 3.0m - 4.6m

  • Bloom Time

    Spring

  • Native To

    Eastern Asia

Growing Conditions

  • Soil pH

    Acidic, Neutral, Alkaline

  • Soil Drainage

    Average

  • Soil type

    Loam, Sand

  • Growth Rate

    Medium

  • Habit

    Oval/Rounded

  • Seasonal Interest

    Spring, Summer, Fall, Winter

Ornamental Features

  • Flower Interest

    Insignificant

  • Flower Color

    Red

  • Fruit Color

    Red, Green, Brown

  • Foliage Color (Spring)

    Orange Red

  • Foliage Color (Summer)

    Green, Bronze

  • Foliage Color (Fall)

    Red, Orange Red

  • Bark Color

    Gray

  • Fragrant Flowers

    No

  • Fragrant Fruit

    No

  • Fragrant Foliage

    No

  • Bark or Stem Fragrant

    No

  • Flower Petal Number

    Single

  • Repeat Bloomer

    No

  • Showy Fruit

    No

  • 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, Mixed Border, Topiary / Bonsai / Espalier

  • Sharp or Has Thorns

    No

  • Invasive

    No

  • Self-Sowing

    No