Acer Palmatum Osakazuki

Acer palmatum 'Osakazuki' - Japanese Maple

The outstanding autumn tones of the Japanese Maple, Acer palmatum 'osakazuki' (picture right) make this another wonderful Autumn foliage tree, widely used as a feature in the garden. The brilliant red foliage alone makes it worth a position in the garden.

Foliage colour is an attractive green (see picture below) that turns a brilliant orange - scarlet red during Autumn ( see picture right )and has probably the best autumn color of any of the Japanese maples.

Acer palmatum osakazuki will reach a height of 5 - 6 m in ideal conditions with a similar spread and prefers a sunny position with protection from the hot afternoon sun and winds, in a well drained soil.


Like most maples this is relatively hardy once established and actually needs very little care. The occasioanl light pruning to maintain structure, if required, although rarely needed. Plants are available for sale bare rooted during winter, or as potted specimens during other times.



When planting, dig in some well rotted compost and manure 3 weeks before, plant and stake, water in well with a liquid seaweed emulsion. Keep moist for the first year or two, once established these trees need little extra care or pruning other than the removal of any dead or diseased wood.


Any pruning of Acer palmatum 'Osakazuki' should be carried out when the tree is dormant in winter.

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