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Tamukeyama Japanese Maple

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Once a weekPartial shadeDeer resistant
  • Striking Crimson Foliage: Tamukeyama Japanese Maple boasts vibrant, deep-red leaves that retain their color throughout the growing season, making it a standout feature in any garden.
  • Compact Size: This cultivar has a slow growth rate, reaching a mature height of 8-10 feet with a similar width, making it ideal for smaller spaces or container planting.
  • Versatile Landscape Use: Tamukeyama is versatile, suitable for various landscape designs, including as a focal point, in Japanese-style gardens, or as a decorative container plant on patios and decks.

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Discover the Tamukeyama Japanese Maple, renowned for its vibrant crimson foliage and weeping form. Perfect for small gardens and landscape focal points, this dwarf maple delivers stunning color all year and is ideal for understory settings.

Growth rate: Slow to moderate growth rate; typically reaches 6-8 feet in height with a similar or slightly greater spread.

Please note: Images on our website depict plants and trees at full maturity to showcase their expected grown characteristics. These images are illustrative examples only and do not represent the size of plants or trees upon delivery.

Pruning: Minimal pruning is required. Remove dead or damaged branches in late winter or early spring to maintain its elegant form.

Fertilization: Apply a balanced, slow-release fertilizer in early spring to support healthy growth and vibrant foliage.

Winter Protection: Mulch the base of the tree to protect its roots during harsh winter conditions, particularly in colder zones.

Choose a location that ensures protection from harsh winds and extreme sunlight. Dig a hole as deep and twice as wide as the root ball. Place the tree ensuring the top of the root ball is level with the surrounding soil. Backfill with soil, water thoroughly, and apply a layer of mulch around the base to conserve moisture and suppress weeds.

Water regularly to maintain moist but not soggy soil, especially during dry spells. Japanese maples require consistent moisture to thrive, particularly in hotter, drier climates. Performs best in partial shade, especially in regions with hot summers. Morning sun with afternoon shade or dappled sunlight is ideal to protect the leaves from sunburn and to promote vibrant foliage colors.

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Zones 5-8

Tamukeyama Japanese Maple thrives best in USDA Zones 5-8, where it can be protected from harsh winds and extreme temperatures. It prefers well-drained, slightly acidic soil and benefits from a location that offers filtered sunlight or partial shade to prevent leaf scorch in the intense summer heat.

Frequently Asked Questions

The Tamukeyama Japanese Maple is relatively compact compared to some other maple varieties. It typically reaches a height of about 6 to 8 feet and spreads about 8 to 12 feet wide at maturity. This moderate size and its graceful, cascading branches make it an excellent choice for smaller gardens, landscape focal points, or even for container planting. Its controlled growth and beautiful, deeply dissected purple-red leaves throughout the growing season make it a favorite for adding dramatic color and texture to any setting.

The Tamukeyama Japanese Maple is considered a slow-growing tree. Typically, it adds about 6 to 12 inches of growth per year under optimal conditions. This growth rate is ideal for maintaining its graceful, cascading form and intricate foliage without requiring frequent pruning. The slow growth rate also makes it a good choice for gardens where space is limited, as it won’t quickly outgrow its designated area. With proper care and suitable growing conditions, the Tamukeyama Japanese Maple develops into a stunning focal point in the landscape over time.

The best place to plant a Tamukeyama Japanese Maple involves considering several factors to optimize its health and aesthetic appeal. Here’s what to keep in mind:

Light Exposure: These trees thrive best in partial shade or an area that gets filtered sunlight. Direct morning sun with afternoon shade is ideal, particularly in warmer climates. This prevents the delicate leaves from scorching under the harsh afternoon sun.

Soil Conditions: Plant your Tamukeyama Japanese Maple in well-draining soil that retains moisture without waterlogging. The soil should be slightly acidic to neutral. If your garden soil is heavy or clayey, consider amending it with organic matter or planting the tree in a raised bed to improve drainage.

Protection from Elements: Choose a location that is sheltered from strong winds, which can damage the delicate foliage and branches. A spot that is naturally protected or behind a windbreak, like a fence or larger shrubs, can be ideal.

View and Aesthetics: Since this tree is highly ornamental, consider planting it where it can be viewed and appreciated from a patio, window, or pathway. Its beautiful foliage and form make it a standout feature in any garden.

Spacing: Give the tree enough room to grow to its full size — both in height and spread — without being crowded by other large plants or structures. This ensures good air circulation and reduces competition for nutrients and water.

By carefully selecting the right location, your Tamukeyama Japanese Maple will not only grow well but also enhance the beauty of your landscape.

Caring for a Tamukeyama Japanese Maple involves several key practices to ensure it remains healthy and visually appealing. Here's how you can take care of this beautiful tree:

Sunlight: Position your tree where it can receive partial shade to partial sun. Morning sun and afternoon shade are ideal, especially in hotter climates, to prevent leaf scorch.

Watering: Water young trees regularly to establish their roots, typically once or twice a week, depending on the weather. For established trees, ensure the soil is consistently moist but not waterlogged. Adjust your watering schedule based on rainfall and temperature.

Soil: Plant your tree in well-draining soil. Japanese Maples prefer slightly acidic soil but can tolerate a range of soil types as long as they drain well. If your soil is heavy or clayey, consider using raised beds or amending the soil with organic material.

Mulching: Apply a 2-3 inch layer of organic mulch around the base of the tree, extending out to the drip line. Keep the mulch a few inches away from the trunk to avoid moisture-related issues. Mulch helps retain soil moisture, suppress weeds, and regulate soil temperature.

Fertilization: Fertilize sparingly, as Japanese Maples do not require heavy feeding. Use a balanced, slow-release fertilizer in early spring, before the growing season begins. Avoid high-nitrogen fertilizers as they can promote excessive foliage growth at the expense of the tree's structural integrity.

Pruning: Prune during the dormant season (late fall to early spring) to remove dead or damaged branches and to maintain shape. Pruning while the tree is dormant helps prevent sap loss, which can be a problem in maples if pruned at the wrong time.

Protection from Elements: In very cold climates, provide winter protection by mulching heavily around the root zone and shielding the tree from harsh winds. In hot climates, ensure adequate afternoon shade to protect from intense sun.

Pest and Disease Management: Keep an eye out for common pests like aphids and spider mites. Manage pests using appropriate methods, and ensure good air circulation to prevent fungal diseases.

By following these care tips, your Tamukeyama Japanese Maple can thrive and continue to be a stunning addition to your landscape for many years.

Watering your Tamukeyama Japanese Maple tree properly is essential for its health and growth. Here are guidelines to help ensure it gets the right amount of moisture:

Young Trees: Newly planted trees need more frequent watering to help establish their root systems. Water them deeply once or twice a week, depending on weather conditions. The goal is to keep the soil consistently moist but not soggy.

Established Trees: Once established, Tamukeyama Japanese Maples are somewhat drought tolerant but perform best with regular moisture. During dry spells or in naturally dry climates, water the tree deeply every two weeks.

Soil and Climate Considerations: The frequency of watering will also depend on your soil type and climate. Sandy soils dry out faster and may require more frequent watering, while clay soils retain moisture longer and may need less frequent watering. In hot, dry weather, you may need to water more often to prevent stress.

Mulching: Applying a layer of mulch around the base of the tree can help retain soil moisture, reduce temperature fluctuations, and minimize water runoff. Keep mulch a few inches away from the trunk to prevent moisture-related issues like rot.

Monitoring: Check the soil moisture regularly by feeling the soil a few inches below the surface. Water when the top 2-3 inches of soil are dry. Overwatering can be just as harmful as under-watering, leading to root rot and other issues.

Adjust your watering based on the tree’s appearance and weather conditions. Consistent, appropriate watering will help your Tamukeyama Japanese Maple thrive.

The Tamukeyama Japanese Maple tree performs best in partial shade to partial sun environments. Here are some specific sunlight considerations for optimal growth and health:

Morning Sun and Afternoon Shade: This tree benefits from exposure to morning sunlight, which is gentler, with protection from the intense afternoon sun, especially in hotter climates. The softer morning sun helps enhance the color of the leaves without causing the stress associated with strong afternoon rays.

Filtered Sunlight: If full sun exposure is unavoidable, aim to provide filtered sunlight. This can be achieved by situating the Tamukeyama Japanese Maple under the dappled shade of larger trees, which allows some light to pass through but reduces the intensity.

Direct Sunlight: While it can tolerate more sun in cooler climates, in regions with strong summer heat, excessive direct sunlight can lead to leaf scorch, where the leaves may turn brown and crispy at the edges.

Proper placement with the right balance of light can significantly affect the tree’s vigor, leaf color, and overall health, making it vital to consider your local climate when deciding where to plant your Tamukeyama Japanese Maple.

Tamukeyama Japanese Maple trees are relatively hardy, but they can benefit from some winter protection, especially in colder climates or if they are planted in exposed locations. Here are a few measures you can take to help protect your tree during the winter:

Mulching: Apply a thick layer of mulch around the base of the tree, extending out to the drip line. This helps insulate the roots and retain moisture in the soil. Use organic materials like bark chips or shredded leaves.

Watering: Ensure the tree is well-watered in the fall before the ground freezes. This is crucial because dry conditions can be more damaging during the cold months, especially for young trees.

Wind Protection: In very windy areas, consider setting up a wind barrier or planting your tree in a location that naturally receives some protection from prevailing winds. Wind can exacerbate the cold and cause desiccation.

Frost Protection: If sudden severe frosts are expected or if your tree is young and not fully established, you might cover it with a frost blanket or burlap on particularly cold nights. Avoid plastic covers as they can trap moisture and lead to more damage.

Avoid Salt: If your tree is near a road or driveway, protect it from salt spray or runoff, which can be harmful. Use physical barriers or choose alternative de-icing products.

These protective measures can help your Tamukeyama Japanese Maple endure the winter more effectively, leading to a healthier start in the spring.

Yes, you can prune your Tamukeyama Japanese Maple tree, and doing so can help maintain its shape, encourage healthy growth, and enhance its natural beauty. Here are some tips on how to prune this type of Japanese Maple effectively:

Timing: The best time to prune is during the dormant season, typically in late winter or early spring before new growth begins. Pruning at this time helps prevent sap loss, which can be heavy in maples if pruned in late spring or early summer.

Tools: Use clean, sharp pruning shears or loppers for smaller branches and a pruning saw for larger limbs. Sterilize your tools before use to prevent the spread of disease.

Objective: Focus on removing dead, damaged, or diseased wood first. This helps improve the tree's health and appearance.

Thinning: Thin out crowded areas to enhance air circulation and light penetration throughout the canopy, which can help prevent disease and promote more vigorous growth.

Shaping: Aim to maintain the tree’s natural form. Avoid over-pruning, as this can stress the tree and detract from its graceful shape. Subtle shaping can help highlight the tree's layered, cascading branches.

Size Control: If necessary, you can prune to control the size of the tree, but it's important to do this gradually over several seasons to avoid shocking the tree.

By following these guidelines, you can help ensure that your Tamukeyama Japanese Maple remains healthy, vibrant, and beautifully shaped.

If a Tamukeyama Japanese Maple tree receives too much sun, especially in hot climates or during the peak summer months, it may experience several stress-related issues:

Leaf Scorch: The leaves might show signs of scorching, such as browning or crisping at the edges, which can detract from the tree's aesthetic appeal. This is particularly common in areas with intense afternoon sun.

Fading Leaf Color: Excessive sunlight can cause the vibrant reds and purples of the leaves to fade to a washed-out color, reducing the ornamental value of the tree.

Stunted Growth: Overexposure to sun can stress the tree to the extent that its overall growth and health are compromised, potentially leading to weakened defenses against pests and diseases.

To mitigate these issues, it's important to plant Tamukeyama Japanese Maples in a location where they can receive partial shade, especially during the hottest part of the day. If relocating the tree isn't an option, consider using a shade cloth to protect it during peak sun exposure or strategically planting other larger trees or structures to provide natural shade. Regular watering and mulching can also help the tree cope with the stress of excessive sunlight.

Yes, you should fertilize your Tamukeyama Japanese Maple, but it's important to do so carefully to avoid damaging the tree. These trees benefit from a balanced, slow-release fertilizer that's low in nitrogen, as high nitrogen levels can lead to excessive leaf growth at the expense of the tree's beautiful foliage color. Apply fertilizer in early spring before the leaf buds open to support healthy growth throughout the season.

It's also a good practice to test your soil first to determine its nutrient content and pH level. This can help you choose the right type and amount of fertilizer. Too much fertilizer can harm the tree, so it's crucial to follow the recommended application rates on the product's label. Mulching around the base of the tree can also help retain moisture and provide some nutrients as the mulch breaks down.

Our Process

We have perfected packaging and shipping plants & trees! That is why we DO NOT use any third-party fulfillment like most other online retailers. Your trees go straight from our farm to your door, safely packaged by our team of seasoned professionals. Our process ensures your plants leave our facility and arrive to your door in the best condition possible!