Acer palmatum 'Scolopendrifolium' (Japanese maple)

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Height: 12 feet

Spread: 12 feet

Sunlight:   full sun   partial shade 

Hardiness Zone: 5

Plant in a sheltered location.

This compact Japanese Maple has narrow, sword-like leaves that emerge red and stay bronzy-red in summer; bushy upright habit; Japanese maples are the most coveted of all small landscape trees, it has almost the perfect shape, habit, and fall color

Scolopendrifolium Japanese Maple has attractive dark green foliage with coppery-bronze undersides which emerges dark red in spring. The small deeply cut ferny palm-shaped leaves are ornamentally significant and turn an outstanding dark red in the fall. 

Scolopendrifolium Japanese Maple is a dense multi-stemmed deciduous tree with an upright spreading habit of growth. It lends an extremely fine and delicate texture to the landscape composition which can make it a great accent feature on this basis alone.

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.

Scolopendrifolium Japanese Maple will grow to be about 12 feet tall at maturity, with a spread of 12 feet. It has a low canopy with a typical clearance of 1 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 particular about its soil conditions, with a strong preference for rich, neutral 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