Acer palmatum ‘Katsura’

Japanese maple

  • © Richie Steffen / Great Plant Picks

  • © Great Plant Picks

  • © Richie Steffen / Great Plant Picks

Outstanding Qualities

This Japanese maple produces fantastic pale orange-yellow spring foliage which gradually fades to a medium green in early summer. The soft oranges and yellows return during the fall leaf drop. This is an excellent tree for small gardens and large patio containers.

Quick Facts

Plant Type: upright tree

Foliage Type: deciduous

Plant Height: 10 ft. 0 in. (3.05 meters)

Plant Width/Spread: 10 ft. 0 in. (3.05 meters)

Plant Height-Mature: 18 ft. 0 in. (5.49 meters)

Plant Width-Mature: 18 ft. 0 in. (5.49 meters)

Hardiness: USDA Zones 6 to 8

Sun/Light Exposure: full sun or light to open shade

Water Requirements: regular watering

Seasonal Interest: spring & autumn foliage color

Colors & Combos

Great Plant Combinations: Hosta ‘Sum and Substance’, Hakonechloa macra ‘All Gold’, Omphalodes verna, Berberis darwinii, Rhododendron ‘Hino-crimson’

Great Color Contrasts: red, blue, burgundy, white

Great Color Partners: chartreuse, yellow, green, orange

Culture Notes
This lovely upright grower develops the best spring and fall foliage color in full sun to open shade. Japanese maples are surprisingly flexible in their soil requirements. Although they will grow best in a rich well-drained soil, they will also do well in sandy soils and clay. ‘Katsura’ is very resistant to the leaves burning at the tips during the summer, but regular watering during dry weather helps maintain the tree at its best. Well pruned Japanese maples are an art form in the garden and require an expert touch, so consult an experienced pruner or take local classes before attempting to prune.