Acer palmatum ‘Beni Tsukasa’

Japanese Acer, Japanese Maple

Acer palmatum ‘Beni Tsukasa’ is a captivating Japanese maple cultivar known for its stunning burgundy-red leaves in spring, rich green foliage in summer, and vibrant crimson hues in autumn. Its compact and bushy growth habit makes it ideal for small gardens or container planting. ‘Beni Tsukasa’ thrives in partial shade and well-draining soil.

Japanese Acers have a slow growth rate, and minimal pruning is required to maintain their attractive form. This exquisite cultivar adds elegance and a burst of colour to Japanese-style gardens and landscapes, making it a prized choice for gardeners seeking a striking and sophisticated addition to their outdoor spaces.

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Origin: Japan, Korea, China, eastern Mongolia, and southeast Russia
Genus: Acer
Species / Cultivar: palmatum 'Beni Tsukasa'
Common Name: Japanese Acer, 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 'Beni Tsukasa'
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: 2.5-3.5m
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.
Habit: Deciduous
Sheds all its foliage annually, so for a period of the year it will be without foliage.
Care & Size Guidance

Care & Size Guidance

Acer palmatum ‘Beni Tsukasa’ is happiest in partial shade or dappled sunlight. Keep the soil consistently moist but not waterlogged, especially during hot and dry periods. Mulch around the base to retain moisture and regulate soil temperature. ‘Beni Tsukasa’ is generally hardy and pest-resistant, making it a low-maintenance and rewarding addition to any garden, providing striking foliage and elegance throughout the seasons.

The ‘Beni Tsukasa’ cultivar of Acer palmatum has a slow growth rate, requiring little pruning, but occasional maintenance may be needed to maintain its attractive form. After many years it can reach 2.5-3.5 metres in height and a similar spread.

Expert Tip

Use a bark mulch around the base of the tree to help conserve moisture - particularly with potted specimens.


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