Quite often when it comes to creating a colorful decorative garden arrangement most of the arrangement begins with some flowers and maybe some ferns to break it up. Many won’t think of using a tree to break up a garden arrangement and add color to your garden.
The Acer Palmatum Osakuzuki is a form of Japanese maple, the leaves are a darker red and it can look great in a garden especially when complimented with a nice arrangement of flowers. The different shaped leaves create a lovely contrast unlike other maples which may bud and bloom larger more conventional leaves, which don’t particularly add much in the way of color or texture to a garden.
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In autumn this tree will begin to turn a vibrant red color which will make for a drastic color contrast in your garden. Here is some information about this species of tree.
The Acer Palmatum Osakazuki, like many Japanese maples can be a bit finicky, but will thrive in the right conditions. It requires a partially shaded spot which can be protected from cold winds. A cold snap can really damage one of these trees so it is important to wrap them if you feel that the weather is going change, or that frost may be on the way.
The leaves of the Acer Palmatum Osakazuki make interesting patterns and can look beautiful when they finally come out in spring. The leaves will form a very unique pattern on the branches, quite different to many of the other trees that may be in your yard.
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The colors can be a vibrant bright red in the fall, and some of the leaves even have a partial green and red pattern to them. It really can be a standout in your garden. The tree will take a while to grow, a Japanese maple generally only grows to a height of 19 feet maximum and will take many years to eventually grow that high. It is good for a small garden because it should not take over like a larger maple may.
Planting an Acer Palmatum Osakzuki first requires choosing the right spot, where it will be protected from wind and still receive enough sunlight. Be sure to stake the tree if it is young to ensure it grows correctly. Mulch at the base is also a good idea as it can protect the tree from frost in the beginning stages.
Be sure to water it fairly consistently within the first few weeks so that it can thrive and create a good root system. Remembering to wrap the tree in burlap if the weather turns cold or frost is expected, will also protect the leaves from being lost due to cold.
Planting one of these trees can change your garden arrangement drastically and give you a nice manageable maple tree to enjoy year round without having it take over your backyard completely. With some other forms of maples, the leaves are simply uncontrollable in the fall. The Acer Palmatum Osakuzuki, once established is a fairly low maintenance and beautiful small tree.
Linda Holder says
I need to know the fastes growing maple tree or Bush to hide neighbors junk.Zone 3………. 3 0r 4 hrs of sun any sygestions? Linda Holder
Maple trees don’t grow all that quickly. Build a fence to hide the junk, as you really don’t have enough sunlight for most trees.
Jonn Cornfield says
Hi Mike, I have a red acer in my garden (we live in the UK) we received it from a friend who moved and didn’t want it, it is around 3 – 4 foot tall and I was just wondering how much it would be worth roughly and how I would take cutting to make another plant 🙂 thanks
i have an acer palmatum osakazuki that i bought here in mexico , it was small, but now that its growing, i don’t know if it really is one, can someone send me a pictue of a 10- 20 cm osakazuki jpm?
kelly grimes says
Mike we have a two —Acer Palmatum Osakazuki
that got nailed this last winter and look like they are mostly dead very small amount of new leaf growth this spring. Can you cut these way back and will they come back with new growth. We are in Perry Ohio on Indiana Street off of Route 20. So you know how cold we got last winter. the Trees are six to seven feet high and trunks size is aprox. 12 inches in diameter.. trees are ten years old or so. let me know if they have any hope of recovery.