Scarification: Soak in hot tap water, let stand in water for 2 days.
Stratification: warm stratify for 120 days, cold stratify for 120 days
Germination: sow seed 3/8" deep, tamp the soil, mulch the seed bed
Introducing the Acer palmatum Japanese Maple, a beautiful species of woody plant native to Japan, North and South Korea, China, eastern Mongolia, and southeast Russia. Cultivated for centuries in Japan and other temperate areas around the world since the 1800s, this deciduous tree can grow up to 25 ft in height and features attractive leaf shapes and colors. Highly sought after, the Japanese Maple is relatively easy to cultivate and prefers a moist, well-drained soil on the acid side and partial shade. Its large seed produces greater variation in seedlings, making it an excellent choice as understock. This hardy plant is not frost tender and is in flower from May to June, with individual flowers featuring both male and female characteristics. The Japanese Maple can grow in a variety of soils, including heavy clay and very acidic soils, and can thrive in semi-shade or no shade. Even seedlings from the same parent tree can display differences in leaf size, shape, and color, making each specimen unique. With its stunning visual appeal and easy cultivation, the Acer palmatum Japanese Maple is a beautiful addition to any garden or landscape.