Osakazuki Japanese Maple
Acer palmatum 'Osakazuki'
|Description||An excellent small specimen tree with gracefully branched stems and lovely, deeply lobed, bright green leaves that emerge olive-orange in spring, and turn a brilliant crimson red in the fall, holding the color for several weeks. Thrives in dappled shade of woodland settings, and in lightly shaded urban landscapes. Deciduous.|
|Light||Full sun, Partial sun|
|Watering||Keep soil consistently moist but not soggy.|
|Blooms||Inconspicuous; prized for foliage.|
|Mature Size||Moderate growing; reaches 20 to 25 ft. tall and wide.|
|Design Ideas||Japanese maples are a must in any Asian-themed garden or small urban landscape. This delicate, shade loving tree can be planted in a natural grove of much larger trees to take advantage of the shelter the high canopy has to offer. Their preference for acidic soils also make them perfectly adapted to grow alongside needled evergreens, Hydrangeas, Camellias, Azaleas and Holly. Add this tree to containers or foundation plantings close to your outdoor living space where they provide texture and dappled shade without crowding windows, patios, or decks.|
|Companion Plants||Azalea (Azalea); Hosta (Hosta); Japanese Forest Grass (Hakonechloa); Rhododendron (Rhododendron); Astilbe (Astilbe)|
|Care||Provide slightly acidic, well-drained soil; shelter from drying winds. Avoid harsh afternoon sun exposures in hot summer areas. Mulch to keep root zone cool. Water deeply, regularly during first few growing seasons to establish an extensive root system; reduce frequency once established. Apply slow-release fertilizer in early spring.|
This Plant's Growing Zones: 5-8
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