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Arakawa Cork Bark Japanese Maple

Acer palmatum 'Arakawa'

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Arakawa Cork Bark Japanese Maple (Acer palmatum 'Arakawa') at All Seasons Nursery

Arakawa Cork Bark Japanese Maple foliage

Arakawa Cork Bark Japanese Maple foliage

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Height:  15 feet

Spread:  15 feet

Sunlight:  full sun  partial shade 

Hardiness Zone:  6

Other Names:  Rough-Bark Japanese Maple, Arakawa Ukon

Description:

This highly coveted small landscape tree is grown for interesting corky bark that gains interest with age, also spectacular fiery fall colors; ideal shape and habit for the smaller yard

Ornamental Features

Arakawa Cork Bark Japanese Maple has attractive green foliage throughout the season. The small lobed palmate leaves are highly ornamental and turn outstanding shades of yellow, orange and scarlet in the fall. Neither the flowers nor the fruit are ornamentally significant. The warty brown bark is extremely showy and adds significant winter interest.

Landscape Attributes

Arakawa Cork Bark Japanese Maple is a deciduous tree with a more or less rounded form. Its relatively fine texture sets it apart from other landscape plants with less refined foliage.

This is a relatively low maintenance tree, and should only be pruned in summer after the leaves have fully developed, as it may 'bleed' sap if pruned in late winter or early spring. It has no significant negative characteristics.

Arakawa Cork Bark Japanese Maple is recommended for the following landscape applications;

  • Accent
  • Shade
  • Mass Planting
  • Hedges/Screening

Planting & Growing

Arakawa Cork Bark Japanese Maple will grow to be about 15 feet tall at maturity, with a spread of 15 feet. It has a low canopy with a typical clearance of 3 feet from the ground, and is suitable for planting under power lines. It grows at a medium rate, and under ideal conditions can be expected to live for 60 years or more.

This tree does best in full sun to partial shade. It prefers to grow in average to moist conditions, and shouldn't be allowed to dry out. It is not particular as to soil pH, but grows best in rich soils. It is somewhat tolerant of urban pollution, and will benefit from being planted in a relatively sheltered location. Consider applying a thick mulch around the root zone in winter to protect it in exposed locations or colder microclimates. This is a selected variety of a species not originally from North America.

 
 
Hardiness Zone Plant Height Minimum Sunlight
Characteristics
Accent  Shade  Massing  Screening 
Applications
Foliage Color  Fall Color  Texture  Plant Form  Bark  Winter Value 
Ornamental Features

Disclaimer - This Plant Finder tool is an online resource representing many of the varieties that we carry over the course of the season, and is intended for informational purposes only. Inventory varies seasonally, so we cannot guarantee that every plant will be in stock at all times - please contact the store directly for current availability. It does not include our entire selection of plants, so be sure to visit our store to see varieties that may not be represented on this list.