Tamukeyama Japanese Maple

Botanical Name: Acer palmatum dissectum ‘Tamukeyama’ 

Alternate Name: Tamukeyama Laceleaf Japanese Maple

Acer palmatum dissectum ‘Tamukeyama’ is a beautiful, cascading, dwarf laceleaf maple. The name ‘Tamukeyama’ means ‘hands folded in prayer on the mountain,’ which refers to its mounding growth pattern. It is a reliable grower and can reach 10 feet tall and 12 feet wide. This tree is an old cultivar, thought to date back to the 1700’s.

The foliage of the Tamukeyama Japanese Maple holds a rich, deep burgundy color throughout the growing season. It is more cold tolerant than other laceleaf maples and also heat tolerant. The delicate, deeply divided foliage tolerates humid heat better than other laceleaf maples and rarely scorches. However, it should be planted in dappled shade or shade for optimal growth.

Another attractive feature of the Tamukeyama is its deep red bark. This feature nicely compliments the purple foliage and shows off the tree’s weeping form in winter, when the leaves have fallen.

This specimen puts on a spectacular display in fall, when its foliage changes from purple to bright, fiery crimson. Acer palmatum dissectum ‘Tamukeyama’ is a great addition to Asian-themed gardens, planted near fountains or other water features. It thrives in containers and also works well in planting beds in woodland settings – mixed with colorful shade shrubs and perennials.

Category:

Height: 6-10 ft.

Width: 10-12 ft.

Shape: Rounded/Mounding

Flower Color: N/A - Flower is insignificant.

Flowering Time: April

Fall Color: Crimson red

Features:  Holds deep burgundy color throughout the growing season, bright crimson fall color, deep red bark

Exposure: Part Sun, Dappled/Part Shade

Watering: Moderate & Regular

Soil: Rich, moist and well drained

Growth Rate: Slow

USDA Zones: 5-8

Uses: City gardens, courtyards, Japanese gardens, rock gardens, near water features containers, specimen, next to rock features

Similar trees: Acer palmatum dissectum 'Crimson Queen'