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Japanese Maple 'Trompenburg'

Acer palmatum (Matsumurae Group) 'Trompenburg'

Also known as

Acer 'Trompenburg'

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Partial Shade
Easy care
Moderate watering
Frost Hardy


RHS hardiness


Minimum temperature

Expected size








10 years to reach maturity


  • spring
  • summer
  • autumn
  • winter

This plant has no fragrance

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Japanese Maple 'Trompenburg' Overview

Acer palmatum 'Trompenburg' is an erect deciduous shrub that broadens with age. It produces shiny deep burgundy leaves in spring which turn greener in the summer. They have narrow lobes which are convex in shape. In autumn the foliage turns orange-red and crimson. Commonly known by the name Japanese Maple 'Trompenburg' it has insignificant flowers in spring followed by winged fruits in spring/summer. This cultivar is part of the Matsumurae (9) group of Acers and has earned a Royal Horticultural Society Award of Garden Merit for its hardiness. It likes a sheltered position in partial shade. Leaf colour will be more impressive when grown in a slightly shaded area, but it will tolerate full sun if soil conditions are moist enough. Otherwise, leaf scorch may occur. It prefers soil that is on the acid, rather than the alkaline side, that is moist but well-drained. So keep well watered during dry spells (and regularly water newly planted trees). Additional plant feed may be required for potted or container-grown specimens. Acers can also benefit from spring and/or winter mulching with a helping of ericaceous material such as pine needles or chopped bracken. Little to no pruning is recommended, however removing dead or unwanted branches can be done in late autumn to midwinter. A low-maintenance, architectural plant, Acer palmatum 'Trompenburg' is a welcome addition to many garden styles, including courtyards, rock gardens and Japanese style gardens. It can be kept to a compact size for small gardens and large containers. This lovely cultivar has earned a coveted 'RHS Award of Garden Merit'.

Common problems with Japanese Maple 'Trompenburg'

How to propagate Japanese Maple 'Trompenburg'


By grafting or simple layering in late winter or early spring.


Take soft wood cuttings in early summer.

Special features of Japanese Maple 'Trompenburg'

Attractive leaves

Autumn colour

Pot plant

Other uses of Japanese Maple 'Trompenburg'

Acer palmatum and its cultivars have been given an OPALS rating of 5. Use with caution when planning a low allergen planting scheme.