Murasaki Kiyohime Japanese Maple

Acer palmatum 'Murasaki Kiyohime'

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

Murasaki Kiyohime Japanese Maple foliage

Murasaki Kiyohime Japanese Maple foliage

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

Murasaki Kiyohime Japanese Maple

Murasaki Kiyohime Japanese Maple

(Photo courtesy of NetPS Plant Finder)

Height:  4 feet

Spread:  4 feet

Sunlight:  full sun  partial shade 

Hardiness Zone:  4b


This rare and unusual cultivar grows wider than tall with a commanding graceful elegance; the deeply divided leaves create an airy fine texture that appears to float on the landscape; autumn brings warm orange overtones on the bright green foliage

Ornamental Features

Murasaki Kiyohime Japanese Maple is primarily valued in the landscape or garden for its interestingly mounded form. It has attractive light green deciduous foliage which emerges burgundy in spring. The small deeply cut ferny palmate leaves are highly ornamental and turn outstanding shades of orange and coppery-bronze in the fall.

Landscape Attributes

Murasaki Kiyohime Japanese Maple is an open multi-stemmed deciduous shrub with a mounded 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.

Murasaki Kiyohime Japanese Maple is recommended for the following landscape applications;

  • Accent
  • Mass Planting
  • Hedges/Screening
  • General Garden Use
  • Container Planting

Planting & Growing

Murasaki Kiyohime Japanese Maple will grow to be about 4 feet tall at maturity, with a spread of 4 feet. It has a low canopy with a typical clearance of 1 foot from the ground. It grows at a slow rate, and under ideal conditions can be expected to live for 50 years or more.

This shrub does best in full sun to partial shade. You may want to keep it away from hot, dry locations that receive direct afternoon sun or which get reflected sunlight, such as against the south side of a white wall. 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.

Murasaki Kiyohime 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. It is even sizeable enough that it can be grown alone in a suitable container. 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
Accent  Massing  Screening  Garden  Container 
Foliage Color  Fall Color  Texture  Plant Form 
Ornamental Features