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Oshu Shidare Japanese Maple*

Acer palmatum 'Oshu Shidare'

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Oshu Shidare Japanese Maple (Acer palmatum 'Oshu Shidare') at Oakland Nurseries Inc

Acer palmatum 'Oshu Shidare' foliage

Acer palmatum 'Oshu Shidare' foliage

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Height: 15 feet

Spread: 15 feet

Sunlight:  full sun  partial shade 

Hardiness Zone: 6a


A beautiful small specimen tree with gracefully cascading branches and deeply lobed foliage that emerges dark purple and stays bronzy-purple all season long; a choice accent for the small home landscape

Ornamental Features:

Oshu Shidare Japanese Maple has attractive burgundy foliagewith hints of green which emerges deep purple in spring. The small lobed palm-shaped leaves are ornamentally significant and turn an outstanding red in the fall. Neither the flowers nor the fruit are ornamentally significant. The bark is not particularly outstanding.

Landscape Attributes:

Oshu Shidare Japanese Maple is a deciduous tree with a shapely form and gracefully arching branches. Its relatively fine texture sets it apart from other landscape plants with less refined foliage.

This is a relatively low maintenance tree, and should only be pruned in summer after the leaves have fully developed, as it may 'bleed' sap if pruned in late winter or early spring. It has no significant negative characteristics.

Oshu Shidare Japanese Maple is recommended for the following landscape applications;

  • Accent
  • General Garden Use
  • Mass Planting
  • Container Planting
  • Hedges/Screening

Plant Characteristics:

Oshu Shidare Japanese Maple will grow to be about 15 feet tall at maturity, with a spread of 15 feet. It has a low canopy with a typical clearance of 1 feet from the ground, and is suitable for planting under power lines. It grows at a slow rate, and under ideal conditions can be expected to live for 60 years or more.

This tree does best in full sun to partial shade. It prefers to grow in average to moist conditions, and shouldn't be allowed to dry out. It is particular about its soil conditions, with a strong preference for rich, neutral soils. It is somewhat tolerant of urban pollution, and will benefit from being planted in a relatively sheltered location. Consider applying a thick mulch around the root zone in winter to protect it in exposed locations or colder zones.

This is a selected variety of a species not originally from North America.


* This is a "special order" plant - contact store for details

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