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Japanese Maple Tamukeyama

Tamukeyama Japanese Maple (Acer palmatum 'Tamukeyama') at Maidstone Tree Farm

Tamukeyama Japanese Maple

Tamukeyama Japanese Maple (Acer palmatum 'Tamukeyama') at Maidstone Tree Farm

Tamukeyama Japanese Maple foliage

Height:  4+ feet

Spread:  6+ feet

Sunlight:  full sun  partial shade 

Hardiness Zone:  6b


An incredibly artistic accent plant for the garden, featuring lacy foliage that emerges a beautiful crimson-red and fades to a purple-green in summer, turning stunning fiery shades of colour in fall; best planted in a sheltered location

Ornamental Features

Tamukeyama Japanese Maple has attractive burgundy foliage which emerges crimson in spring. The deeply cut ferny palmate leaves are highly ornamental and turn an outstanding red in the fall. It features subtle corymbs of red flowers rising above the foliage in mid-spring before the leaves. It produces red samaras from early to mid-fall. The rough gray bark and red branches add an interesting dimension to the landscape.

Landscape Attributes

Tamukeyama Japanese Maple is an open deciduous tree with a strong central leader and a more or less rounded form. It lends an extremely fine and delicate texture to the landscape composition which can make it a great accent feature on this basis alone.

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. 

Planting & Growing

Tamukeyama Japanese Maple will grow to be about 4+ feet tall at maturity, with a spread of 6+ feet. It grows at a slow rate, and under ideal conditions can be expected to live for 80 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 not particular as to soil pH, but grows best in rich 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 microclimates. This is a selected variety of species not originally from North America.