Japanese Maple 'Katsura'
Acer palmatum (Palmatum Group) 'Katsura'
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20 years to reach maturity
This plant has no fragrance
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Japanese Maple 'Katsura' Overview
Acer palmatum 'Katsura' is an upright deciduous small tree or shrub with leaves that emerge in spring as bright yellow-orange with pink-red margins. The foliage then matures to green during the summer before turning a stunning bright orange in autumn. Commonly known by the names Japanese Maple 'Katsura' or Acer 'Katsura', it has insignificant flowers in spring followed by winged fruits in spring/summer. 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 'Katsura' is a welcome addition to many garden styles, including courtyards, rock gardens and Japanese gardens. This lovely cultivar has earned a coveted 'RHS Award of Garden Merit'.
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How to propagate Japanese Maple 'Katsura'
By grafting or simple layering in late winter or early spring.
Take soft wood cuttings in early summer.
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Other uses of Japanese Maple 'Katsura'
Acer palmatums have been given an OPALS rating of 5, use with moderation in a low allergen planting scheme.