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Tsuma Gaki Japanese Maple

Acer palmatum 'Tsuma Gaki'

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Tsuma Gaki Japanese Maple (Acer palmatum 'Tsuma Gaki') at Oakland Nurseries Inc

Acer palmatum 'Tsuma Gaki'

Acer palmatum 'Tsuma Gaki'

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Tsuma Gaki Japanese Maple (Acer palmatum 'Tsuma Gaki') at Oakland Nurseries Inc

Acer palmatum 'Tsuma Gaki' foliage

Acer palmatum 'Tsuma Gaki' foliage

(Photo courtesy of NetPS Plant Finder)

Height: 10 feet

Spread: 10 feet

Sunlight:  full sun  partial shade 

Hardiness Zone: 6a

Group/Class: Amoenum


This slow-growing variety has a graceful vase-shaped habit; emerging leaves are red tinged and turn green during summer, leaves appear to droop from the stems; Japanese maples are the most coveted of all small landscape trees

Ornamental Features:

Tsuma Gaki Japanese Maple has attractive red-tipped green foliage throughout the season. The small lobed palm-shaped leaves are ornamentally significant and turn an outstanding crimson in the fall. Neither the flowers nor the fruit are ornamentally significant.

Landscape Attributes:

Tsuma Gaki Japanese Maple is a dense deciduous dwarf tree with a picturesque vase-shaped form. Its relatively fine texture sets it apart from other landscape plants with less refined foliage.

This is a relatively low maintenance dwarf 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.

Tsuma Gaki Japanese Maple is ideal for use as a garden accent or patio feature, and is recommended for the following landscape applications;

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

Plant Characteristics:

Tsuma Gaki Japanese Maple will grow to be about 10 feet tall at maturity, with a spread of 10 feet. It has a low canopy with a typical clearance of 2 feet from the ground. It grows at a slow rate, and under ideal conditions can be expected to live for 60 years or more.

This dwarf 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.

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Accent Massing Screening Garden Container
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