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Osakazuki Japanese Maple

Acer palmatum 'Osakazuki'

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Osakazuki Japanese Maple (Acer palmatum 'Osakazuki') at Snavely's Garden Corner

Osakazuki Japanese Maple foliage

Osakazuki Japanese Maple foliage

(Photo courtesy of NetPS Plant Finder)

Osakazuki Japanese Maple (Acer palmatum 'Osakazuki') at Snavely's Garden Corner

Osakazuki Japanese Maple

Osakazuki Japanese Maple

(Photo courtesy of NetPS Plant Finder)

Osakazuki Japanese Maple (Acer palmatum 'Osakazuki') at Snavely's Garden Corner

Osakazuki Japanese Maple foliage

Osakazuki Japanese Maple foliage

(Photo courtesy of NetPS Plant Finder)

Height:  20 feet

Spread:  25 feet

Sunlight:  full sun  partial shade 

Hardiness Zone:  5b

Group/Class:  Amoenum

Description:

An awesome small home landscape feature tree, this cultivar is valued for its stunning fall colors in hot shades of red and orange and its wonderfully shapely growth habit, fine winter texture; give it a prominent place in the front yard and room to grow

Ornamental Features

Osakazuki Japanese Maple features subtle corymbs of red flowers rising above the foliage in mid spring before the leaves. It has light green foliage throughout the season. The lobed palmate leaves turn outstanding shades of yellow, orange and scarlet in the fall. It produces red samaras from early to mid fall. The rough gray bark and red branches add an interesting dimension to the landscape.

Landscape Attributes

Osakazuki Japanese Maple is an open deciduous tree with a more or less rounded form. Its average texture blends into the landscape, but can be balanced by one or two finer or coarser trees or shrubs for an effective composition.

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.

Osakazuki Japanese Maple is recommended for the following landscape applications;

  • Accent
  • Shade
  • Mass Planting

Planting & Growing

Osakazuki Japanese Maple will grow to be about 20 feet tall at maturity, with a spread of 25 feet. It has a low canopy with a typical clearance of 4 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 80 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.

 
 
Hardiness Zone Plant Height Minimum Sunlight
Characteristics
Accent  Shade  Massing 
Applications
Flowers  Fruit  Fall Color  Plant Form  Bark 
Ornamental Features

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