Tamukeyama Japanese MapleAcer palmatum var. dissectum 'Tamuke yama'
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Acer palmatum var. dissectum 'Tamuke yama'
Outdoor Growing zone
Full Sun, Partial Sun
Japanese maples can be difficult in hot areas and good selection is the key. Even in hot and humid regions the Tamukeyama Japanese Maple is resistant to the browning and drying of foliage that can be a problem with other varieties. It will grow extremely well in almost all of the country, but it is an especially good choice for southern regions because of outstanding heat resistance. The ideal plant for a shady location, it stays small enough for any garden or even for a container and its cascading foliage, in rich shades of purple-red, will hold its color all summer long.
• Thrives in hot summer even in full sun
• Dependable purple leaf color
• Spectacular cascading form
• Fiery red and orange fall color
• Fastest grower in its group
If you want a Japanese maple in a hurry the Tamukeyama Japanese Maple is the fastest grower in its class, so you won’t wait long to enjoy the mature beauty of this weeping tree. This tree scores at the top with the experts, so take their advice and choose the best.
Although they are considered by some to be difficult plants, Japanese Maples are actually easy to grow and low-maintenance if they have a few simple things. Two potential problems are sometimes seen, however. One is a tendency for the leaves to brown in summer. This is seen most in those with the most beautiful leaves, the ‘dissectum’ group, that have finely divided and often lacy foliage. The second problem is that many of the purple-leaves forms, which are greatly loved by almost everyone, look superb in spring and fall, but can turn a dirty shade of muddy-green in summer. This is especially noticeable in some common varieties like Bloodgood, which is why we do not stock that tree.
The Tamukayama Japanese Maple is the solution to both of these problems. Growers around the country tell us that this tree holds its red leaf-color through the summer better than any other. They also tell us that it takes hot and humid weather well and unless badly neglected its leaves will not burn and brown even during the hottest periods. So if you live in a hot, humid area and are afraid to try a Japanese Maple Tree because you have heard stories, or even had a bad personal experience, then the Tamukayama Japanese Maple is the tree you should buy. It will amaze you with its beauty, but also with its hardiness, persistent color and resistance to browning.
The Tamukayama Japanese Maple develops into a low rounded tree, reaching 7 and eventually 10 feet in height. It has weeping and cascading branches that will spread widely until it may be 12 feet across. The foliage emerges in spring a gorgeous and brilliant crimson-red color. As it expands and develops it turns a rich dark-red to purple color which lasts all summer. Then in fall the leaves turn bright scarlet, marking the end of another year of beauty. The winter twigs are a deep-red, adding to the beauty of this tree even during the dormant season and standing out in a striking way in the snow or against a backdrop of evergreen trees. Mature trees produce tiny red flowers in spring and the tree may have miniature maple ‘keys’ too, which all adds to the charm of this wonderful tree.
Choose a spot for your Tamukayama Japanese Maple that is protected from sun during the hot afternoons in summer. In northern areas it can be grown in full sun as long as the soil is kept moist. Light, dappled shade is ideal. It will grow in most kinds of soil as long as they are well-drained. Once established it only needs water during dry periods, but when young it should not be allowed to become dry.
Before planting your new tree, dig plenty of good organic material into the soil of your planting area. This can be garden compost, peat-moss, rotted leaves or rotted manure. Plant the tree at the same depth it was in the pot and replace most of the soil, firming it down around the roots. Water thoroughly and replace the rest of the soil when all the water has drained away. Put rich organic mulch over the root-zone.
Keep your tree well watered at least once a week for the first one or two years and then do not allow it to become dry. Deep watering once a week is better than daily sprinkles. Add new mulch each spring before the new growth begins, keeping it away from the trunk and covering the ground to a little beyond the spread of the branches.
No special care is needed for your tree. It is usually free of pests and diseases and it doesn’t even need pruning. Just sit back and watch it slowly mature into a beautiful specimen that will bring you joy every year and be the envy of your neighbours.
The Japanese Maple (Acer palmatum) grows wild across Japan, Korea and China. It naturally grows as a small tree underneath other larger trees and unusual forms of this plant have been collected for centuries and valued by Japanese gardeners. Over time many of these have been introduced into America and Europe. Some early types have been replaced over the years with newer, superior varieties, but one has stood the test of time.
Acer palmatum var. dissectum ‘Tamukeyama’ was treasured for many, many years in Japan and it was introduced into Europe in 1710. It was later brought to America and it is now the oldest variety of Japanese maple still being cultivated. Hundreds of years of gardeners around the world have named it as one of the very best varieties there is and we don’t argue with that.
Because of its unique features, it is important to be sure you are buying the right tree. Our trees are produced in the correct way, by attaching stem pieces from correctly identified parent plants onto the roots of seedling Japanese Maples. Avoid cheaper seedling trees not carrying this name, which will only be inferior and lack the unique features of this heirloom variety.
The Tamukayama Japanese Maple is usually in very high demand, due to its special features and beautiful appearance. We regularly receive fresh new plants from our suppliers so that we can send the best-quality plants to our customers, but such a popular plant can be in short supply, so order now to avoid missing out on this very special tree.
The best time to plant a Tamukeyama Japanese Maple is in the early spring or fall. These seasons provide the most optimal conditions for the tree to establish its root system. However, due to its hardiness and resistance to heat and humidity, it can be planted at other times of the year as well, provided it is watered regularly and the soil is well-drained.
The Tamukeyama Japanese Maple should be watered at least once a week for the first one or two years. After that, it should be watered regularly, especially during dry periods. However, it’s important not to overwater the tree as this can lead to root rot. The soil should be well-drained to prevent waterlogging.
A slow-release granular fertilizer is recommended for the Tamukeyama Japanese Maple. This type of fertilizer will provide a steady supply of nutrients over a long period of time. It’s best to apply the fertilizer in the early spring to support the tree’s growth throughout the growing season. However, it’s important to note that over-fertilizing can harm the tree, so it’s best to follow the manufacturer’s instructions carefully.
Yes, the Tamukeyama Japanese Maple can be grown in a container. Its small size and fast growth rate make it an ideal choice for container gardening. However, it’s important to choose a container that is large enough to accommodate the tree’s root system and has adequate drainage. The soil in the container should be well-drained and the tree should be watered regularly to prevent it from drying out.
The Tamukeyama Japanese Maple naturally has a beautiful cascading form and doesn’t require much pruning. However, if you wish to maintain a specific shape or size, it’s best to prune the tree in the late winter or early spring when it’s dormant. Remove any dead or diseased branches, and trim back any branches that are out of place. Always make sure to make clean cuts and avoid tearing the bark to prevent disease.
The Tamukeyama Japanese Maple is generally resistant to most pests and diseases. However, like all plants, it can occasionally be affected by certain issues. Aphids, scale insects, and mites can sometimes be a problem, but these can usually be controlled with regular inspections and treatment if necessary. Diseases such as leaf spot, root rot, and verticillium wilt can also occur, but these are less common and can be prevented with proper care and maintenance.
The Tamukeyama Japanese Maple can tolerate full sun, especially in cooler climates. However, in hotter regions, it’s best to provide some shade, particularly during the hot afternoons of summer. Dappled shade is ideal for this tree. Despite its sun tolerance, too much direct sunlight can cause leaf scorch, particularly in dry conditions.
The Tamukeyama Japanese Maple is a long-lived tree. With proper care and under optimal conditions, it can live for many decades. Its longevity, along with its beautiful foliage and form, make it a treasured addition to any garden.
Yes, the Tamukeyama Japanese Maple can tolerate frost. However, sudden late frosts after the tree has started to leaf out in the spring can cause damage to the new growth. To prevent this, it’s best to plant the tree in a location where it is protected from late frosts, such as near a building or a wall.
The Tamukeyama Japanese Maple is considered a fast-growing variety among Japanese Maples. It can reach a height of 7 feet within a few years under optimal conditions. Eventually, it can grow up to 10 feet in height and spread up to 12 feet wide. Its growth rate, along with its beautiful cascading form, makes it a popular choice for gardens.