Acer palmatum ‘Arakawa’
Japanese Acer, Japanese Maple
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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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.