Acer palmatum Beni otake

//Acer palmatum Beni otake

Acer palmatum Beni otake


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Beni otake in Japanese means Big Red Bamboo with is a good description. A beautiful addition to any landscape area, especially a Japanese style garden.

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Beni otake is a medium sized red leaf maple in the linearilobum group of maples – which means they have skinny leaves. The name in Japanese is ‘Red Bamboo.’  This fast-growing upright maple has thin red leaves and a branching style that reminds one of bamboo – hence the name.  Beni otake often has flowers changing to red seedpods or samaras as they are known on Japanese Maples.

Spring foliage is almost pink-red changing to a solid red in early summer. Late summer may show some fading, but then colder temperatures begin the transformation into it’s best color of the year. And when Beni otake finally turns crimson-red with the red samaras hanging down – it is really like a beautiful Christmas tree. All you need to do is add some tiny white twinkling lights which look good even after the leaves have dropped.

This cultivar grows to around 10′ in 10 years. Eventually, Beni otake may reach 12′ at full maturity. The growth habit is very nice and evenly balanced making Beni otake a wonderful addition to a smaller garden area. Once established this cultivar is hardy to USDA zone 5.

First photo shows the fall color of Beni otake leaves – crimson red. Second photo shows wonderful string-like leaves of Beni otake during the summer. Photos courtesy of Buchholz Nursery.

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