Acer sieboldianum

Siebold's maple

Outstanding Qualities

Its small size and upright habit make Acer sieboldianum an excellent choice for the small garden. This slow grower has a narrow, upright crown that slowly broadens with age into a majestic form. The small star-like foliage colors in the autumn to a glistening red with shades of coppery orange. This maple is beautiful as either a single trunk or multi-stemmed tree.

Colors & Combos

Great Plant Combinations: Lonicera nitida ‘Baggesen’s Gold’, Physocarpus opulifolius ‘Diabolo’, Enkianthus campanulatus ‘Red Bells’, Hosta ‘August Moon’, Saruma henryi, Acer palmatum ‘Seiryû’

Great Color Contrasts: red, purple, yellow

Great Color Partners: chartreuse, green

Culture Notes

This slow growing maple will develop its best color in full sun to open shade. It will grow best in rich well drained soil with regular summer watering. Very little pruning is need to maintain a beautiful specimen; only remove poorly developed branches, dead wood or broken limbs.

© Bruce Rutherford

Quick Facts

Plant Type: upright tree

Foliage Type: deciduous

Plant Height: 15 ft. 0 in. (4.57 m.)

Plant Width/Spread: 8 ft. 0 in. (2.44 m.)

Hardiness: USDA Zones 5 to 8

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

Water Requirements: regular watering