Samurai Sword™ Japanese Maple Acer palmatum
All the joy of a Japanese maple, but in a much larger, very impressive form. Samurai Sword™ maple has the same interesting palmate foliage as the smaller trees you're used to seeing, but grows to the size of a small shade tree. Quickly. You won't have to wait a lifetime to see this statement tree reach its mature size. It's perfect for placement next to sidewalks and driveways, as its canopy naturally develops a tall oval shape with the perfect amount of space for walking beneath. This garden positioning also allows it to be on full display year-round, where its three-season red color show absolutely shines. In early spring its foliage is a dusty red color, later accompanied by bright red helicopters (these seeds are technically known as samaras). In summer the red hue leans toward a more stately burgundy color. It finishes the growing season with a brilliant glowing red color.
Why grow Samurai Sword™ maple?
Foliage InterestFall Interest
- Nice mid-size mature height, perfect for streets and landscapes
- Brilliant three-season color
- Vigorous grower
CharacteristicsPlant Type:TreeShrub Type:DeciduousHeight Category:TallGarden Height:300 - 360 InchesSpacing:240 InchesSpread:240 InchesFlower Colors:RedFoliage Colors:RedFoliage Shade:deep redHabit:UprightContainer Role:Thriller
Plant NeedsLight Requirement:Part Sun to SunLight Requirement:Sun
The optimum amount of sun or shade each plant needs to thrive: Full Sun (6+ hours), Part Sun (4-6 hours), Full Shade (up to 4 hours).Maintenance Category:EasyBlooms On:Old WoodBloom Time:SpringHardiness Zones:5a, 5b, 6a, 6b, 7a, 7b, 8a, 8bWater Category:AverageUses:LandscapeUses:Mass PlantingUses:Specimen or Focal PointUses Notes:
Makes a very impressive specimen tree thanks to its sheer size. Perfect for residential landscapes as its foliage is an easy conversation starter.Maintenance Notes:
Any soil type will do, it's quite adaptable.
Doesn't need regular pruning, but if you'd like you can shape it a bit in the springtime. Avoid any regular pruning, as this could negatively impact the naturally oval canopy shape that it develops over time.Samurai Sword™ Acer palmatum ''Samarzam''