Acer palmatum ‘Katsura’

Japanese Acer, Japanese Maple

£182.95

Acer palmatum ‘Katsura’ is a captivating Japanese maple cultivar known for its graceful and stunning features. During spring, its leaves unfurl in beautiful shades of pink and apricot, transforming into vibrant green in summer. In autumn, ‘Katsura’ takes center stage with a breathtaking display of golden-yellow foliage. This deciduous tree has a rounded and compact form, reaching a height of about 3 to 4.5 meters at maturity. ‘Katsura’ thrives in partial shade and well-draining soil, making it a sought-after choice for Japanese-style gardens and landscapes. With its mesmerising beauty and elegant form, Acer palmatum ‘Katsura’ is the perfect addition to smaller spaces and outdoor areas seeking a burst of colour and sophistication.

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Origin: Japan, Korea, China, eastern Mongolia, and southeast Russia
Genus: Acer
Species / Cultivar: palmatum 'Katsura'
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 'Katsura'
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: 3-4m
The plant's ultimate height in typical growing conditions.
Eventual Spread: 3-4m
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 ‘Katsura’ is happiest in partial shade or dappled sunlight, although this cultivar can be acclimatised to full sun with adequate watering. 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.

The ‘Katsura’ cultivar of Japanese maples is one of the larger-growing ones, reaching up to 4 metres in both height and spread.

Expert Tip

Provide a thick mulch of bark chips around the base of the tree to retain soil moisture.

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