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‘Oshu Shidare’ Japanese maple

Acer palmatum 'Oshu Shidare'

Acer palmatum 'Oshu Shidare'

This Japanese maple has long-lobed, deeply divided leaves that are cherry red in the spring, a perfect contrast to the pea green bark. In summer the foliage changes slowly from red to green and back to red in fall. The habit is wide spreading with pendulous branches providing movement in the least of wind. Though slow to mature, it is an easy tree to grow and a striking beauty.

Noteworthy CharacteristicsRed spring growth contrasts with pea green bark, pendulous branches provide movement.

CareSlightly acidic, well-drained soil, consistent water

PropagationGrafting is the recommended practice for producing more Japanese maples.

ProblemsLow salts tolerance; deer browsing might be a problem Information provided by Essence of the Tree

  • Genus : Acer
  • Zones : 6, 7, 8, 9
  • Plant Height : 6 to 10 feet
  • Plant Width : 6 to 10 feet
  • Uses : Containers, Foundation Plantings, Front Yard, Shade
  • Plant Seasonal Interest : Fall Interest
  • Tolerance : Frost Tolerant
  • Light : Full Sun to Partial Shade
  • Maintenance : Low
  • Moisture : Medium to Wet
  • Characteristics : Showy Fall Foliage, Showy Foliage, Showy Seed Heads
  • Growth Rate : Slow
  • Bloom Time : Spring
  • Plant Type : Trees

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