Acer palmatum Villa Taranto

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Acer palmatum Villa Taranto


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Acer palmatum Villa Taranto is the colored version of Koto no ito.

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Acer palmatum Villa Taranto is similar in shape and structure to Koto no ito. Both are in the linearilobum group of maples which means they have string-like leaves. When a leaf first emerges as new growth it is wider compared to older leaves on the tree. Each subsequent year a leaf emerging from the same leaf node gets skinnier and skinnier – so older leaves growing lower on the branches become really skinny until they are like thin strings.

Acer palmatum Villa Taranto grows well in full sun to partial shade and has a ‘V’ shape, which is common for many Japanese Maples.  In the spring the leaves emerge with reddish brick color.  Summer color is lighter red to bronze and fall color changes from orange to scarlet red. Villa Taranto is not a large maple only reaching 5′ to 6′ feet tall and  5′ wide in 10 years.  A nice addition to a small garden or grown in a patio container. Once established this cultivar is hardy to -20 degrees, USDA zone 5.

Many Japanese Maples grow in a ‘V’ shape and seldom break due to snow or ice unless they are not adequately cared for. In areas where winters are rough tying green landscape tape to hold the branches together can give them the support they need to withstand mother nature’s fury. Care should be taken to make sure the tape is the stretching kind that allows for growth and wears out over time and falls off.

Additionally removing branches that cross over between the two main branches that form the ‘V’ will reduce the accumulation of snow and/or ice. This method of pruning is also the best for the maple. Keeping the middle of the ‘V’ open increases air circulation  and reduces the amount of dead leaves that get stuck and need a helping hand to remove them [both good for the health of the maple]. For more information see Pruning Japanese Maples.

For those of you who have discovered the wonderful world of Japanese Maples please buy yourself the 4th edition of Japanese Maples, by J.D. Vertrees and Peter Gregory. If you are a Facebook member I recommend joining the group Japanese Maples and Conifers.

The first photo shows the beautiful spring color and structure of  a this maple. The second photo shows summer color. Both of these photos are of the same Villa Taranto in our display garden. Photos taken 3 years apart.

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1 Gallon, 2 Gallon, 3 Gallon


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