Acer palmatum 'Osakazuki'
Acer palmatum ‘Osakazuki’ was listed in catalogs in Japan since the mid 1800s this upright green Japanese Maple is mostly known for its bright red fall color. That is not the only feature that makes this great tree worth growing, red samaras hang from it's graceful branches during the summer forming a nice contrast with the green heavily textured leaves. The sturdy foliage helps 'Osakazuki tolerate full sun even in hotter climates. The cup like shape formed at the base of the leaf led the Japanese to refer to this tree as "Saki-cup-like leaf" or 'Osakazuki'. Fall color is a stunning bright red, Southern Living magazine even went as far as publishing an article a few years back stating that ‘Osakazuki’ had the best fall color of any maple. I would never make a statement that bold but it is wonderful.
10 Year Size: Height 14-16 feet Width 6-8 feet
Spring Color: Green
Summer Color: Green
Fall Color: Orange Red
Sun Tolerance: Full
Planting: Elevated, Well Drained Soil