Japanese Maple Tree Seeds

Important Note: The seeds on this page will benefit greatly from using the CAPE Smoke Seed Germination Primer that we use in our own greenhouses. We find we receive significantly better germination results when we use this primer on these types of seeds.

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D7865 Japanese Maple ( Acer palmatum )
Photo and cultural info courtesy of Floridata.com

Japanese maple is a deciduous shrub or small tree with a broad, rounded shape. The canopy is wispy and delicate.
The species usually stays about 15-20' tall and wide, but can get larger under ideal conditions. The palmate leaves are 2-5" long and wide, and deeply dissected with 5-11 lobes. The lobes are lance-shaped, sharply pointed at the tips and doubly toothed on the edges. Japanese maple has slender, glabrous twigs and smooth gray bark. Branches tend to grow in horizontal layers, and often are contorted and twisted.
The leaves turn brilliant shades of scarlet, yellow or orange in autumn.
Location: Native to China, Korea and Japan. This lovely plant is greatly admired and is grown in temperate gardens and landscapes all over the world.
Culture: Needs a fertile, well-drained, acidic soil.
Light: Partial or filtered shade is best in warmer regions. In Florida, full shade is okay. Farther north, more sun is better. The purple-leaved cultivars require full sun or their leaves will be green.
Moisture: Not drought tolerant. Japanese maple does best with regular watering.
Hardiness: USDA Zones 5 - 8. Features: Japanese maple is the most popular garden maple. Its compact size, pretty lacy foliage, brilliant fall color and picturesque branch architecture find favor among gardeners everywhere.
  Package of 10 seeds $2.50

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