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Karasu Gawa Japanese Maple*

Acer palmatum 'Karasu Gawa'

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

Karasu Gawa Japanese Maple foliage

Karasu Gawa Japanese Maple foliage

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

Height:  10 feet

Spread:  10 feet

Sunlight:  full sun  partial shade 

Hardiness Zone:  5

Other Names:  Karasugawa

Description:

Beautiful foliage starts out rich pink and fades to a dazzling variety of colors in shades of cream, green and tinges of red on different leaves, with pink dominating in fall, an incredible sight all year round in the garden, worth every penny

Ornamental Features

Karasu Gawa Japanese Maple has attractive creamy white-variegated deciduous green foliage with hints of red which emerges hot pink in spring. The small lobed palmate leaves are highly ornamental and turn outstanding shades of rose and red in the fall. Neither the flowers nor the fruit are ornamentally significant.

Landscape Attributes

Karasu Gawa Japanese Maple is a dense deciduous tree with a strong central leader and a more or less rounded form. Its relatively fine texture sets it apart from other landscape plants with less refined foliage.

This is a relatively low maintenance tree, 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.

Karasu Gawa Japanese Maple is recommended for the following landscape applications;

  • Accent
  • Mass Planting
  • Hedges/Screening
  • General Garden Use
  • Container Planting

Planting & Growing

Karasu Gawa Japanese Maple will grow to be about 10 feet tall at maturity, with a spread of 10 feet. It tends to be a little leggy, with a typical clearance of 2 feet from the ground, and is suitable for planting under power lines. It grows at a slow rate, and under ideal conditions can be expected to live for 60 years or more.

This tree 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.

Karasu Gawa Japanese Maple is a fine choice for the yard, but it is also a good selection for planting 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.

 

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

 
 
Hardiness Zone Plant Height Minimum Sunlight
Characteristics
Accent  Massing  Screening  Garden  Container 
Applications
Foliage Color  Fall Color  Texture  Plant Form 
Ornamental Features

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