Acer palmatum ‘Arakawa’

Japanese Acer, Japanese Maple

(1 customer review)


Acer palmatum ‘Arakawa,’ also known as the Rough Bark Japanese Maple, is a distinctive and captivating cultivar. Its standout feature is its unique and rough-textured bark, resembling the rugged surface of an old tree. In spring, its leaves emerge in shades of reddish-purple, gradually maturing to a lush green during summer. As autumn arrives, ‘Arakawa’ showcases a stunning display of golden-yellow and orange hues.

This deciduous tree has a rounded and compact form, reaching a height of between 2.5 to 6 metres at maturity. ‘Arakawa’ thrives in partial shade and well-draining soil, making it an excellent choice for Japanese-style gardens, landscapes, and smaller spaces, where its captivating bark and colourful foliage can truly shine.


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Origin: Japan, Korea, China, eastern Mongolia, and southeast Russia
Genus: Acer
Species / Cultivar: palmatum 'Arakawa'
Common Name: Japanese Acer, Japanese Maple
Synonym: Acer palmatum 'Arakawa-ukon', Rough 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 'Arakawa'
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: 2.5-6m
The plant's ultimate height in typical growing conditions.
Eventual Spread: 1.5-3m
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.

Expert Tip

Apply a heavy layer of mulch such as bark chips to conserve moisture.

1 customer review for Acer palmatum ‘Arakawa’

Lovely and healthy tree, arrived well protected and hope it will establish quickly in my garden

Monika (verified owner)