Acer palmatum Kenbu

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Acer palmatum Kenbu


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Acer palmatum Kenbu is a rare dwarf Japanese Maple with an upright form that resembles black bamboo.

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Acer palmatum Kenbu is a very rare dwarf Japanese Maple with an upright form that resembles black bamboo. The thin green leaves are deeply cut nearly back to the base. Light green leaves with dark bark make this cultivar very unique. The first one I saw was in 2017 and I was hooked – it was stunning. I began my quest to grow Kenbu and share it with other maple-lovers. 

A moderate growing maple – Kenbu may add 5″ of new growth per year with good growing conditions. Remember a Japanese Maple need good drainage. The most important aspect of planting your maple is the right location with good drainage. Planting in a hole in clay soil can be a killer. To learn about handling clay soil – please see Planting Japanese Maples. Additionally, ongoing care of your maples is important to maximize their long lasting beauty. I recommend reading Care and Maintenance of Japanese Maples and Pruning Japanese Maples to understand how and when trimming your maple should occur. The more you know, the more you will appreciate these amazing and adaptable landscape trees.

Acer palmatum Kenbu can handle full sun to partial shade in well-drained soil. In late summer the leaves begin to turn red and in the fall the strong crimson red color is visible. Estimated height is 6′ tall in 10 years. Once established this maple is hardy to -20 degrees. USDA zone 5.

Acer palmatum Kenbu – looks like bamboo – but doesn’t spread.

Limited availability: 1 gallon size will be available April/May 2020. Liners received from Buchholz Nursery.

Photos of Kenbu’s thin green leaves and dark bark in spring. Second photo September with the beginning of fall color. Both of these photos were taken here at the nursery.

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1 gallon, 2 gallon, 3 gallon


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