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Aratama Japanese Maple*

Acer palmatum 'Aratama'

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Aratama Japanese Maple (Acer palmatum 'Aratama') at Jim Melka Landscaping & Garden Center

Aratama Japanese Maple foliage

Aratama Japanese Maple foliage

(Photo courtesy of NetPS Plant Finder)

Aratama Japanese Maple (Acer palmatum 'Aratama') at Jim Melka Landscaping & Garden Center

Aratama Japanese Maple

Aratama Japanese Maple

(Photo courtesy of NetPS Plant Finder)

* This is a "special order" plant - contact store for details

Height:  4 feet

Spread:  4 feet

Sunlight:  full sun  partial shade 

Hardiness Zone:  6

Description:

A beautiful, truly dwarf variety with emerging brick red foliage that matures to dark olive green in summer, then turns flaming orange-red in fall; a low mounded habit with great texture; an ideal selection for gardens, containers, or bonsai

Ornamental Features

Aratama Japanese Maple has attractive olive green foliage which emerges brick red in spring. The lobed palmate leaves are highly ornamental and turn outstanding shades of yellow, orange and dark red in the fall. Neither the flowers nor the fruit are ornamentally significant. The rough gray bark adds an interesting dimension to the landscape.

Landscape Attributes

Aratama Japanese Maple is a dense multi-stemmed deciduous shrub with a mounded form. Its relatively fine texture sets it apart from other landscape plants with less refined foliage.

This is a relatively low maintenance shrub, and should only be pruned in summer after the leaves have fully developed, as it may 'bleed' sap if pruned in late winter or early spring. It has no significant negative characteristics.

Aratama Japanese Maple is recommended for the following landscape applications;

  • Mass Planting
  • Rock/Alpine Gardens
  • General Garden Use
  • Container Planting

Planting & Growing

Aratama Japanese Maple will grow to be about 4 feet tall at maturity, with a spread of 4 feet. It has a low canopy with a typical clearance of 1 foot from the ground. It grows at a slow rate, and under ideal conditions can be expected to live for 60 years or more.

This shrub does best in full sun to partial shade. It prefers to grow in average to moist conditions, and shouldn't be allowed to dry out. It is not particular as to soil pH, but grows best in rich soils. It is somewhat tolerant of urban pollution, and will benefit from being planted in a relatively sheltered location. Consider applying a thick mulch around the root zone in winter to protect it in exposed locations or colder microclimates. This is a selected variety of a species not originally from North America.

Aratama Japanese Maple makes a fine choice for the outdoor landscape, but it is also well-suited for use in outdoor pots and containers. Because of its height, it is often used as a 'thriller' in the 'spiller-thriller-filler' container combination; plant it near the center of the pot, surrounded by smaller plants and those that spill over the edges. Note that when grown in a container, it may not perform exactly as indicated on the tag - this is to be expected. Also note that when growing plants in outdoor containers and baskets, they may require more frequent waterings than they would in the yard or garden. Be aware that in our climate, this plant may be too tender to survive the winter if left outdoors in a container. Contact our store for more information on how to protect it over the winter months.

 

* This is a "special order" plant - contact store for details

 
 
Hardiness Zone Plant Height Minimum Sunlight
Characteristics
Massing  Rock  Garden  Container 
Applications
Foliage Color  Fall Color  Texture  Plant Form  Bark  Winter Value 
Ornamental Features

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