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Shinobuga Oka Japanese Maple*

Acer palmatum 'Shinobuga Oka'


Shinobuga Oka Japanese Maple (Acer palmatum 'Shinobuga Oka') at GardenWorks

Shinobuga Oka Japanese Maple foliage

Shinobuga Oka Japanese Maple foliage

(Photo courtesy of NetPS Plant Finder)

Shinobuga Oka Japanese Maple (Acer palmatum 'Shinobuga Oka') at GardenWorks

Shinobuga Oka Japanese Maple

Shinobuga Oka Japanese Maple

(Photo courtesy of NetPS Plant Finder)

* This is a "special order" plant - contact store for details

Height:  12 feet

Spread:  12 feet

Sunlight:  full sun  partial shade 

Hardiness Zone:  6b

Other Names:  Shinobu Ga Oka, Shino Buga Oka Japanese Maple

Group/Class:  Linearilobum


An elegant variety, producing fine, light green, bamboo-like foliage with great texture; luminous yellow in fall; has upright branching but stems and leaves weep gracefully for a wonderful effect; an ideal garden accent tree

Ornamental Features

Shinobuga Oka Japanese Maple is primarily valued in the landscape or garden for its highly ornamental weeping form. It has attractive light green deciduous foliage. The deeply cut ferny palmate leaves are highly ornamental and turn an outstanding yellow in the fall. The rough gray bark adds an interesting dimension to the landscape.

Landscape Attributes

Shinobuga Oka Japanese Maple is a dense deciduous tree with a strong central leader and a rounded form and gracefully weeping branches. 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.

Shinobuga Oka Japanese Maple is recommended for the following landscape applications;

  • Mass Planting
  • Rock/Alpine Gardens
  • General Garden Use
  • Container Planting

Planting & Growing

Shinobuga Oka Japanese Maple will grow to be about 12 feet tall at maturity, with a spread of 12 feet. It tends to be a little leggy, with a typical clearance of 3 feet 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 60 years or more.

This tree does best in full sun to partial shade. You may want to keep it away from hot, dry locations that receive direct afternoon sun or which get reflected sunlight, such as against the south side of a white wall. 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.

Shinobuga Oka 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. It is even sizeable enough that it can be grown alone in a suitable container. 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.


* This is a "special order" plant - contact store for details

Hardiness Zone Plant Height Minimum Sunlight
Massing  Rock  Garden  Container 
Foliage Color  Fall Color  Texture  Plant Form  Bark  Winter Value 
Ornamental Features

Disclaimer - This resource is provided for informational purposes only and does NOT reflect current availability. 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.