Acer palmatum Tsuma gaki

//Acer palmatum Tsuma gaki

Acer palmatum Tsuma gaki


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Tsuma gaki is a wonderful dwarf maple for a semi-shady location providing color 6 months of the year.

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Acer palmatum Tsuma gaki has new leaves that emerge yellow-green with a red border around each. During the summer the leaves change to darker greens, reds and gold. Fall colors range from gold to light red and finish with dark scarlet. Tsuma gaki is not a large growing maple – in 10 years the tree may reach 7′ to 8′ tall. Some staking may be required as the weight of the leaves on new branches creates a pendulous habit and without support the maple shape will be short and wide. Additional information is available at Pruning Japanese Maples. With support the maximum height is 8′.

Tsuma gaki is a striking  maple that is easy to grow and therefore, a good choice for a individual experimenting in growing maples for the first time. Overall the size and shape make it highly desirable for a small garden or deck/patio container. Morning sun with afternoon shade is recommended. With too much sun the leaves turn more red no longer look like the maple you purchased. For this reason the best time to buy your Tsuma gaki is just before the leaves begin to show in the spring. Once established this cultivar is hardy to -20 degrees, USDA zone 5.

The photos show the lovely yellow/green leaves with red edges – new growth that is spring color and early summer.

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