Acer palmatum Katsura

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Acer palmatum Katsura


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Acer palmatum Katsura has beautiful orange spring color softening to yellow-green in the summer. 

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Acer palmatum Katsura is a show stopper with its spring foliage – bright orange and yellow makes this cultivar stand out from the others.  Whereas many maples have pink to pink/red leaves in the spring Katsura is one of a smaller group of maples whose leaves are all orange in the spring or yellow with orange edges. This dramatic spring color often evolves to  yellow-green in the summer and then orange to scarlet red in the fall. Morning to early afternoon sun with afternoon shade is best for all of the yellow or gold leaf cultivars. Other maples with similar spring, summer and fall color include Orange Dream and Summer Gold.

Acer palmatum Katsura has a natural growth like of a twiggy shrub so it is a good idea to keep it looking dense by frequent pruning which will create a solid blanket of color. For more information see Pruning Japanese Maples. Katsura may reach 7’ tall and 6’ wide in 10 years and is quite hardy. Once established it is hardy to -20 degrees, USDA zone 5. 

If you love Japanese Maples as much as I do, you can learn more about these amazing trees by joining the Facebook  Group – Japanese Maples and Conifers. It is free to join – you just have to be a Facebook member and the contributors to the group have a wealth of experience and lots of photos. Discussions include questions from A to Z. No question is dumb – you will not be critized for lack of knowledge, rather you will get a variety of opinions from all over the country. This is what I value the most – learning about variations of growth, leaf size and color in differnt sections of the USA and around the world. I often participate in the discussions.

First photo shows spring color on a 1 gallon Katsura. The remaining photo shows late spring color. Both photos taken here at the nursery.

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1 Gallon, 2 Gallon, 3 Gallon