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Acer japonicum

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Photo Locations: National Arboretum - Washington, DC, Los Angeles County Arboretum - Arcadia, CA, Huntington Botanical Gardens - San Marino, CA and Arnold Arboretum - Boston, MA.

General Notes

Relatively hard to find in California.

Native to Japan.

Family: Sapindaceae
Previously listed in the Aceraceae family.

Additional Common Names


Tree Characteristics

Erect or Spreading with a Low Canopy.

Oval Shape.

Has Deciduous foliage.

Height: 20 - 30 feet.

Width: 20 - 30 feet.

Growth Rate: 12 Inches per Year.

Longevity 40 to 150 years.

Leaves Palmate, Medium Green, Gold, Deciduous.

Flowers Inconspicuous. Purple. Flowers in Spring. Has separate male and female flowers on the same tree (monoecious).

Red to Brown Winged Seed, Large (1.50 - 3.00 inches), fruiting in Summer.

Bark Dark Brown, Dark Gray or Light Green, Smooth.

Shading Capacity Rated as Moderate in Leaf.

Shading Capacity Rated as Moderate out of Leaf.

Litter Issue is Leaves and Dry Fruit.

Tree Site Conditions & Constraints

Sunset Zones 2 - 6 and 14 - 16.

USDA Hardiness Zones 5 - 9.

Exposure Partial Shade to Full Shade.

Moist Soil.

Loam or Sand Texture.

Highly Acidic to Neutral Soil pH.

Seaside Tolerance is Not Suited.

Pests & Disease Information

Susceptible to Aphids, Root Rot and Verticillium.

Health, Safety & Environmental Concerns

Branch Strength Rated as Medium.

Root Damage Potential Rated as Low.

None Known Health Hazard.

Attracts Birds.

Special Uses & Values



Cite this tree:
SelecTree. "Acer japonicum Tree Record." 1995-2018. Mar 24, 2018.
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