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Sharp's Pygmy Japanese Maple

Acer palmatum 'Sharp's Pygmy'

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

Sharp's Pygmy Japanese Maple foliage

Sharp's Pygmy Japanese Maple foliage

(Photo courtesy of NetPS Plant Finder)

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

Sharp's Pygmy Japanese Maple

Sharp's Pygmy Japanese Maple

(Photo courtesy of NetPS Plant Finder)

Height:  4 feet

Spread:  4 feet

Sunlight:  full sun  partial shade 

Hardiness Zone:  5b

Description:

One of the smallest dwarf varieties with dense branching and chartreuse-pink new growth maturing to green; beautiful hues of scarlet and orange in the fall; excellent as a small garden accent

Ornamental Features

Sharp's Pygmy Japanese Maple has attractive green foliage which emerges pink in spring. The small lobed palmate leaves are highly ornamental and turn outstanding shades of scarlet and orange in the fall. Neither the flowers nor the fruit are ornamentally significant.

Landscape Attributes

Sharp's Pygmy Japanese Maple is a dense multi-stemmed deciduous shrub with a more or less rounded form. 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 shrub, 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.

Sharp's Pygmy Japanese Maple is recommended for the following landscape applications;

  • Accent
  • Mass Planting
  • Rock/Alpine Gardens
  • General Garden Use
  • Container Planting

Planting & Growing

Sharp's Pygmy Japanese Maple will grow to be about 4 feet tall at maturity, with a spread of 4 feet. It has a low canopy. It grows at a slow rate, and under ideal conditions can be expected to live for 60 years or more.

This shrub 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.

Sharp's Pygmy Japanese Maple makes a fine choice for the outdoor landscape, but it is also well-suited for use 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.

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

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