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Tama Hime Japanese Maple

Acer palmatum 'Tama Hime'


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Tama Hime Japanese Maple (Acer palmatum 'Tama Hime') at GardenWorks

Tama Hime Japanese Maple foliage

Tama Hime Japanese Maple foliage

(Photo courtesy of NetPS Plant Finder)

Tama Hime Japanese Maple (Acer palmatum 'Tama Hime') at GardenWorks

Tama Hime Japanese Maple

Tama Hime Japanese Maple

(Photo courtesy of NetPS Plant Finder)

Height:  5 feet

Spread:  6 feet

Sunlight:  full sun  partial shade 

Hardiness Zone:  5a


This fine dwarf variety features dense compact branching and tiny foliage that emerges with orange tips, then turns green through summer; outstanding bronze-orange in fall; a highly desirable specimen for the garden or landscape

Ornamental Features

Tama Hime Japanese Maple has attractive green foliage which emerges orange in spring. The small lobed palmate leaves are highly ornamental and turn outstanding shades of orange and coppery-bronze in the fall. Neither the flowers nor the fruit are ornamentally significant. The rough gray bark and red branches add an interesting dimension to the landscape.

Landscape Attributes

Tama Hime Japanese Maple is a dense deciduous tree with a strong central leader and an upright spreading habit of growth. Its relatively fine texture sets it apart from other landscape plants with less refined foliage.

This is a relatively low maintenance tree, and should only be pruned in summer after the leaves have fully developed, as it may 'bleed' sap if pruned in late winter or early spring. It has no significant negative characteristics.

Tama Hime Japanese Maple is recommended for the following landscape applications;

  • Accent
  • Mass Planting
  • Hedges/Screening
  • General Garden Use
  • Container Planting

Planting & Growing

Tama Hime Japanese Maple will grow to be about 5 feet tall at maturity, with a spread of 6 feet. It tends to be a little leggy, with a typical clearance of 1 foot from the ground, and is suitable for planting under power lines. It grows at a slow rate, and under ideal conditions can be expected to live for 80 years or more.

This tree does best in full sun to partial shade. It prefers to grow in average to moist conditions, and shouldn't be allowed to dry out. It is not particular as to soil pH, but grows best in rich soils. It is somewhat tolerant of urban pollution, and will benefit from being planted in a relatively sheltered location. Consider applying a thick mulch around the root zone in winter to protect it in exposed locations or colder microclimates. This is a selected variety of a species not originally from North America.

Tama Hime Japanese Maple is a fine choice for the yard, but it is also a good selection for planting in outdoor pots and containers. With its upright habit of growth, it is best suited for use as a 'thriller' in the 'spiller-thriller-filler' container combination; plant it near the center of the pot, surrounded by smaller plants and those that spill over the edges. Note that when grown in a container, it may not perform exactly as indicated on the tag - this is to be expected. Also note that when growing plants in outdoor containers and baskets, they may require more frequent waterings than they would in the yard or garden.

Hardiness Zone Plant Height Minimum Sunlight
Accent  Massing  Screening  Garden  Container 
Foliage Color  Fall Color  Texture  Plant Form  Bark 
Ornamental Features

Disclaimer - This Plant Database is an online catalog representing many of the varieties that we carry over the course of the season, and is intended for informational purposes only. Inventory varies seasonally, so we cannot guarantee that every plant will be in stock at all times - please contact your favourite GardenWorks location directly for current availability. It does not include our entire inventory of plants, so be sure to visit GardenWorks to see varieties that may not be represented on this list.