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Kiri Nishiki Japanese Maple

Acer palmatum 'Kiri Nishiki'

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Kiri Nishiki Japanese Maple (Acer palmatum 'Kiri Nishiki') at GardenWorks

Kiri Nishiki Japanese Maple

Kiri Nishiki Japanese Maple

(Photo courtesy of NetPS Plant Finder)

Kiri Nishiki Japanese Maple (Acer palmatum 'Kiri Nishiki') at GardenWorks

Kiri Nishiki Japanese Maple foliage

Kiri Nishiki Japanese Maple foliage

(Photo courtesy of NetPS Plant Finder)

Height:  8 feet

Spread:  12 feet

Sunlight:  full sun  partial shade 

Hardiness Zone:  6b

Group/Class:  Dissectum

Description:

This rare and unusual cultivar grows wider than tall with a commanding graceful elegance; the deeply divided leaves create an airy fine texture that appears to float on the landscape; autumn brings warm orange overtones on the golden yellow foliage

Ornamental Features

Kiri Nishiki Japanese Maple has attractive light green foliage throughout the season. The small deeply cut ferny palmate leaves are highly ornamental and turn outstanding shades of gold, orange and red in the fall. Neither the flowers nor the fruit are ornamentally significant.

Landscape Attributes

Kiri Nishiki Japanese Maple is an open deciduous tree with a strong central leader and a more or less rounded form. It lends an extremely fine and delicate texture to the landscape composition which can make it a great accent feature on this basis alone.

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.

Kiri Nishiki Japanese Maple is recommended for the following landscape applications;

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

Planting & Growing

Kiri Nishiki Japanese Maple will grow to be about 8 feet tall at maturity, with a spread of 12 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.

Kiri Nishiki Japanese Maple is a fine choice for the yard, but it is also a good selection for planting in outdoor pots and containers. Because of its height, it is often used 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
Characteristics
Accent  Massing  Screening  Garden  Container 
Applications
Foliage Color  Fall Color  Texture  Plant Form 
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.