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Samurai Sword Japanese Maple Acer palmatum

Flower Season
  • Spring
Mature Size
30' 20'
Height: 25' - 30'
Spread: 20'
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  • Details

    Features

    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?

    • Nice mid-size mature height, perfect for streets and landscapes
    • Brilliant three-season color
    • Vigorous grower
    Foliage Interest
    Fall Interest

    Characteristics

    Plant Type: 
    Tree
    Shrub Type: 
    Deciduous
    Height Category: 
    Tall
    Garden Height: 
    300 - 360 Inches
    Spacing: 
    240 Inches
    Spread: 
    240 Inches
    Flower Colors: 
    Red
    Foliage Colors: 
    Red
    Foliage Shade: 
    deep red
    Habit: 
    Upright
    Container Role: 
    Thriller

    Plant Needs

    Light Requirement: 
    Part Sun to Sun
    Light 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: 
    Easy
    Blooms On: 
    Old Wood
    Bloom Time: 
    Spring
    Hardiness Zones: 
    5a, 5b, 6a, 6b, 7a, 7b, 8a, 8b
    Water Category: 
    Average
    Uses: 
    Landscape
    Uses: 
    Mass Planting
    Uses: 
    Specimen or Focal Point
    Uses 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''
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