Acer shirasawanum Mikado
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Acer shirasawanum Mikado is an upright maple in the group know as ‘Full Moon Maples’. This maple is likely a hybrid with Acer palmatum. Spring leaves are a color that can be described as bronze-plum-red with yellow veins. The color remains the same in the summer though it is a little darker more like a shiny bronze changing to orange and then crimson in fall. Mikado can handle full sun and needs at least 5 hours of sun each day to hold its amazing leaf color. Too little sun and the leaves change to green tones, known as greening out. This is not a fast growing maple like most shirasawanum maples. I have revised my estimate of growth in 10 years from 10′ to 7′ based on experience. Once established hardy to -20 degrees USDA zone 5.
Acer shirasawanum Mikado like all shirasawanum maples can be identified by looking at the flowers and subsequent seed pods [samaras]. If they point up rather than hang down it is a shirasawanum – palmatum species hang down. Other ‘Full Moon Maples’ I have at the nursery include Autumn Moon, Johin, Jordan, Kawaii, Moonrise, Red Dawn, Sensu and Shira Red. Of course the most famous is the ‘Golden Full Moon Maple’ – Aureum.
Acer shirasawanum Mikado – the first photo is courtesy of Buchholz Nursery showing spring color. The remaining photos show the change in fall color from orange to crimson and were taken at my nursery.
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