Seiryu Japanese Maple
Acer palmatum 'Seiryu'
Full sun, Partial sun
Needs regular watering - weekly, or more often in extreme heat.
|Botanical Pronunciation||AY-ser pal-MA-tum|
|Lore||This maple and its cultivars are essentials of the Japanese tea gardens. Its vivid leaves are considered to be the flowers of autumn. Maple is balanced in spring with the flowering cherries, which together are the quintessential symbols of seasonal cha|
|Average Size at Maturity||Slow grower to 10 to 15 ft. tall, 6 to 8 ft. wide.|
|Bloom Time||Inconspicuous; prized for foliage.|
|Design Ideas||The more diminutive Japanese maples become a most valuable small trees for home landscapes. No other tree conveys the Asian or Japanese garden character to a landscape whether traditional or a spare zen-like modern design. But these maples also belong in natural groves of much larger trees because the shelter of high canopies ensure they attain their richest foliage hues. Their preference for acidic soils also make them perfectly adapted to grow within the influence of needled evergreens. Smaller stature is excellent for foundation beds because they won't crowd windows. Excellent for small scale naturalistic drifts of landscape. They are ideal for urban gardens where plants are protected by buildings from wind and sun. Maples even do well in large containers for porch, patio or terrace.|
|Landscape Use||Container, Firescaping/Firewise, Woodland Garden|
|Light Needs||Full sun, Partial sun|
|Soil Needs||Tree & Shrub Food|
|Special Feature||Dwarf Plant, Fall Color, Tolerates Acidic Soil, Year-round Interest|
|Watering Needs||Needs regular watering - weekly, or more often in extreme heat.|
|Companion Plants||Vivid lime green foliage of this Japanese maple and its smaller stature deserve to be grouped with bold contrasts from black leaf Ebony Knight Mondo Grass, (Ophiopogon planiscapus 'Ebknizam'), Purple Petticoats Coral Bells, (Heuchera x 'Purple Petticoats') and Burgundy Lace Painted Fern, (Athyrium nipponicum 'Burgundy Lace'). This is a fine cultivar for Japanese garden compositions with Shugetsu Azalea, (Azalea satsuki 'Shugetsu'), White Striped Dwarf Bamboo, (Sasaella masumuneana albostriata) and Dwarf Mugo Pine, (Pinus mugo pumilio).|
Follow a regular watering schedule during the first growing season to establish a deep, extensive root system. Watering can be reduced after establishment. Feed with a general purpose fertilizer before new growth begins in spring.
This Plant's Growing Zones: 5-8