Acer palmatum ‘Aoyagi’

Japanese Acer, Japanese Maple, Green Bark Japanese Maple

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Acer palmatum ‘Aoyagi’, commonly known as the Green Bark Japanese Maple, is a captivating deciduous tree that offers year-round visual interest. Its unique green bark sets it apart, creating a striking focal point, especially during the winter months. In spring and summer, this Japanese maple delights with its delicate, green palmate leaves that form a lush canopy of foliage. As autumn arrives, the leaves transform into a gorgeous golden-yellow, infusing warmth into the landscape.

To thrive, ‘Aoyagi’ prefers partial shade to shield its tender leaves from excessive sun exposure and requires well-draining soil. Its compact size and distinctive bark make it an ideal choice for small gardens or as a prominent feature in larger landscapes. With its captivating multi-seasonal allure, ‘Aoyagi’ truly enhances outdoor spaces with an elegant touch.


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Origin: Japan, Korea, China, eastern Mongolia, and southeast Russia
Genus: Acer
Species / Cultivar: palmatum 'Aoyagi'
Common Name: Japanese Acer, Japanese Maple, Green Bark Japanese Maple

Plant Biography

The background of Acer palmatum hybrids can be traced back to Japan, where the parent species, Acer palmatum, is native. Over centuries, Japanese gardeners and horticulturists selectively bred and cultivated various varieties of Acer palmatum to enhance specific traits, such as leaf shapes, colours, and growth habits. These efforts resulted in a rich diversity of Acer palmatum cultivars, celebrated for their exquisite and ornamental features. In the 19th and 20th centuries, these hybrids found their way to Europe and North America, captivating gardeners worldwide. Today, Acer palmatum hybrids continue to be cherished and extensively cultivated, gracing landscapes and gardens with their mesmerising foliage and adding a touch of elegance and sophistication to outdoor spaces.

Acer palmatum 'Aoyagi'
Soil: Moist but Well Drained
Soil that allows water to drain at a moderate rate, without the water pooling.
Growth Rate: Slow
This plant is particularly slow to grow, even during growing season.
Water Requirement: High
Likely to require supplementary watering in warmer months, even once established.
Maintenance: A little
Easy to look after but may occasionally require some attention in order to thrive.
Situation: Part Shade to Full Shade
Can enjoy several hours of direct sunlight, but also happy in full shade.
Eventual Height: 6-8m
The plant's ultimate height in typical growing conditions.
Eventual Spread: 4-5m
The plant's ultimate spread in typical growing conditions.
Hardiness: Fully Hardy
Will survive unprotected outdoors in most areas of the UK, even in the harshest winters.
Habit: Deciduous
Sheds all its foliage annually, so for a period of the year it will be without foliage.

Caring for Acer palmatum ‘Aoyagi’, the Green Bark Japanese Maple, involves providing partial shade to prevent leaf scorch, and well-draining soil to avoid waterlogging. Regular watering, especially during dry spells, is crucial for its health. Applying a layer of mulch around the base helps retain moisture and regulate soil temperature. Pruning dead or diseased branches in late winter ensures optimal growth. Fertilise in spring with a balanced formula to promote vibrant foliage. Shielding from harsh winds and excessive sun exposure is also advised. By following these guidelines, you can ensure the continued vitality and striking aesthetic appeal of this captivating tree in your landscape.

Growing up to 8 metres tall, Acer palmatum ‘Aoyagi’ tends to have a more upright shape and narrower spread than most Acers.


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