Skeeter’s Broom Japanese Maple
Acer palmatum 'Skeeter's Broom'
Skeeter’s Broom Japanese Maple
Acer palmatum 'Skeeter's Broom'
How are the heights measured?
All tree, and nothin' but the tree! We measure from the top of the soil to the top of the tree; the height of the container or the root system is never included in our measurements.
What is a gallon container?
Nursery containers come in a variety of different sizes, and old-school nursery slang has stuck. While the industry-standard terminology is to call the sizes "Gallon Containers", that doesn't exactly translate to the traditional liquid "gallon" size we think of. You'll find we carry young 1-gallons, up to more mature 7-gallons ranging anywhere from 6 inches to 6ft.
How does the delivery process work?
All of our orders ship via FedEx Ground! Once your order is placed online, our magic elves get right to work picking, staging, boxing and shipping your trees. Orders typically ship out within 2 business days. You will receive email notifications along the way on the progress of your order, as well as tracking information to track your plants all the way to their new home!
Why are some states excluded from shipping?
The short & sweet answer is: "United States Department of Agriculture Restrictions." Every state has their own unique USDA restrictions on which plants they allow to come into their state. While we wish we could serve everyone, it's for the safety of native species and helps prevent the spread of invasive disease & pests. We've gotta protect good ole' Mother Nature, after all.
Skeeter’s Broom Japanese Maple has a unique form, with multiple upright stems and a strong vertical line. It grows 6 feet tall or more, but stays only 3 feet wide, making it ideal for narrow spaces, or as a vertical accent plant. It has rich red spring foliage, purple-red summer leaves, brilliant bright red fall colors, and red winter twigs, making it truly a four-season colorful tree. It is ideal for beds or in semi-shaded woodland, or in planters and containers.
- Unique upright form for narrow spaces or planters
- Brilliant red spring foliage turns purple-red in summer
- Powerful bright red fall colors
- Vigorous and easily grown
- Very cold hardy and durable
Derived from the popular, hardy and reliable Bloodgood, Skeeter’s Broom Japanese Maple is more cold hardy than most other varieties. It grows in full sun or partial shade too. It is vigorous and grows well in any moist, well-drained soil. Organic material blended into the soil, and used regularly as mulch, will help it really thrive and grow rapidly. It normally has no pests or diseases, and with a good location and some watering it is easy to grow.
- Plant Hardiness Zones 5-9
- Mature Width 2-4
- Mature Height 4-10
- Sun Needs Full Sun, Partial Sun
The natural form of the Japanese maple is rounded and broad, and that can be a problem when we only have a limited space available, but we need some height, without a lot of width. Trimming will spoil the natural form of such a beautiful tree, but there is an answer to be found among the many forms of this desirable tree. It is Skeeter’s Broom Japanese Maple, which grows into an upright, multi-stemmed plant densely clothed in leaves to the ground, no more than 3 or 4 feet wide but up to 10 feet tall. Its form is only the beginning, because this gorgeous tree has some of the richest red leaves we have ever seen. If you love Japanese maples – and who doesn’t? – you will adore this tree.
Growing Skeeter’s Broom Japanese Maples
Skeeter’s Broom Japanese Maple is a vigorous and reliable form, which develops several main branches growing very upright. These are densely covered in foliage, making a solid tree right to the ground. It grows rapidly into a small tree between 4 and 10 feet tall, with a width between 2 and 4 feet. The leaves have five long lobes, cut right to the base of the leaf, in the form called ‘palmate’, like the fingers of a hand. Each lobe is edges in small serrations, and the colors are glorious. In spring the new leaves are bright, vibrant red. As the season advances, they turn a rich purple-red, lasting all summer without becoming greenish, as many inferior varieties do. Then in fall the tree becomes a column of blazing crimson, standing out across the garden like a burning torch. The winter twigs are also deep red, adding color to that fourth season as well.
Skeeter’s Broom Japanese Maple makes a perfect accent specimen in a shrub bed, and it can be grown right at the front, where its foliage will be fully appreciated. It looks wonderful on a smaller lawn, alone or planted in groups. Use it in containers and planters in warmer zones, where it is easy to maintain a good water supply to the roots. This colorful plant is a great way to brighten boring green beds, and its fall color will look perfect on the edges of a wooded area.
Some Japanese maples are delicate and slow-growing, but Skeeter’s Broom Japanese Maple is not one of those. It is remarkably vigorous, growing 6 to 12 inches a year, and more winter hardy than many other forms. It is completely hardy throughout all of zone 5, and also in sheltered spots in zone 4. In colder areas it should not be planted in a hot, south-facing sunny spot, as this may trigger early bud-break, increasing the risk of damage from late spring frosts. It is also more heat and dryness resistant than many other varieties, although no Japanese maple is truly drought resistant, and watering during summer periods is always best. Even if the foliage does scorch and burn in late summer, this does not affect the ability of the tree to re-grow then next year. The best location has morning sun to develop the richest colors, and afternoons shade to protect from scorching. The soil should be moist but well-drained, and enriched with plenty of organic material, such as compost, rotted leaves, or well-rotted manure. Mulch over the root-zone, keeping free of the trunk, with organic material in spring or fall. This will keep the roots moist and cool. This tree normally never suffers from pests or diseases, and once you have it planted in a suitable location, with good soil and adequate moisture, it will thrive and grow with virtually no attention at all. Note that in zones 8 and 9 some fading of the summer leaf color occurs in all varieties of Japanese maples.
History and Origins of Skeeter’s Broom Japanese Maples Trees
The Japanese maple, Acer palmatum, grows naturally not only in Japan, but also in parts of China and in Korea. It is found in woodlands and on hills, and it is an important tree for fall color across all the islands of Japan. It has been admired and grown in gardens for centuries there, and many unique forms have been collected. America has also contributed some well-known forms, and perhaps the most widely grown of all is ‘Bloodgood’, a large tree growing over 20 feet tall, that was developed at the Bloodgood Nurseries, Long Island, New York in the first half of the 20th century. It is famous for its reliable color and resistance to cold. The variety called ‘Skeeter’s Broom’ was found at the Raraflora Nursery, Pennsylvania. by the owner Edward Rodd, known as ‘Skeeter’. It was an unusual clump of branches growing on a tree of ‘Bloodgood’ – something called a witch’s broom – and the name naturally followed. Just as tough and reliable as its parent, but with stronger foliage color and a distinct dwarf form, this tree is among the very best upright varieties available. Our stock is limited, so order now for this unique tree, which we highly recommend.