Acer palmatum ‘Katsura’
Japanese Acer, Japanese Maple
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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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.
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.