Acer palmatum ‘Aka Shigitatsu Sawa’

Japanese Acer, Japanese Maple

Acer palmatum ‘Aka Shigitatsu Sawa’ is a bushy deciduous tree that reaches a height of approximately 4 metres. Its distinctive characteristics include deeply separated leaves with seven lobes, measuring 4-6cm in length and 6-9cm in width. The leaves taper to a sharp point and feature wavy margins.

When young, the leaves unfold in a crimson hue with dark veins, transitioning to a light yellow-green shade with overlays of pink and red. This unique colour combination persists through summer before transforming into a dark green shade, ultimately transitioning to vibrant red in autumn.

In the spring, inconspicuous red-purple flowers may emerge, followed by winged red fruits.

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Care & Size Guidance

Care & Size Guidance

Caring for Acer palmatum ”Aka Shigitatsu Sawa” is relatively simple. Plant it in a location with partial shade, providing protection from intense afternoon sun. Ensure the soil is well-draining and consistently moist, especially during dry spells. Mulching around the base helps retain soil moisture and regulate temperature. Regular watering is essential, but avoid waterlogged conditions.

Prune sparingly to maintain its natural form and remove any dead or crossing branches. ”Aka Shigitatsu Sawa” is generally pest-resistant, but keeping an eye out for aphids and other common pests is recommended. With proper care and attention, this unique Japanese maple cultivar will thrive, showcasing its exquisite lace-like foliage and adding a touch of elegance to any garden or landscape.


Expert Tip

Acers hate drying out at the roots, so mulch heavily with bark chippings to conserve soil moisture.


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