Arakawa Cork Bark Japanese Maple
Acer palmatum 'Arakawa'
Arakawa Cork Bark Japanese Maple foliage
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Height: 15 feet
Spread: 15 feet
Hardiness Zone: 7a
Other Names: Rough-Bark Japanese Maple, Arakawa Ukon
This highly coveted small landscape tree is grown for interesting corky bark that gains interest with age, also spectacular fiery fall colors; ideal shape and habit for the smaller yard
Arakawa Cork Bark Japanese Maple has attractive green foliage throughout the season. The small lobed palmate leaves are highly ornamental and turn outstanding shades of yellow, orange and scarlet in the fall. Neither the flowers nor the fruit are ornamentally significant. The warty brown bark is extremely showy and adds significant winter interest.
Arakawa Cork Bark Japanese Maple is a deciduous tree with a more or less rounded form. 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.
Arakawa Cork Bark Japanese Maple is recommended for the following landscape applications;
Planting & Growing
Arakawa Cork Bark Japanese Maple will grow to be about 15 feet tall at maturity, with a spread of 15 feet. It has a low canopy with a typical clearance of 3 feet from the ground, and is suitable for planting under power lines. It grows at a medium rate, and under ideal conditions can be expected to live for 60 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.