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Tsukushi Gata Japanese Maple

Acer palmatum 'Tsukushi Gata'

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Tsukushi Gata Japanese Maple (Acer palmatum 'Tsukushi Gata') at River Street Flowerland

Tsukushi Gata Japanese Maple

Tsukushi Gata Japanese Maple

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Tsukushi Gata Japanese Maple (Acer palmatum 'Tsukushi Gata') at River Street Flowerland

Tsukushi Gata Japanese Maple foliage

Tsukushi Gata Japanese Maple foliage

(Photo courtesy of NetPS Plant Finder)

Height:  15 feet

Spread:  15 feet

Sunlight:  full sun  partial shade 

Hardiness Zone:  5


One of the most stunning landscape accent trees available, featuring a dense, rounded habit of growth and distinctive star shaped leaves that are deep red-black and dark chocolate all summer; bright scarlet fall color

Ornamental Features

Tsukushi Gata Japanese Maple has attractive dark red-variegated deciduous dark brown foliage with hints of black throughout the season. The lobed palmate leaves are highly ornamental and turn an outstanding scarlet in the fall. It features subtle corymbs of red flowers rising above the foliage in mid spring before the leaves. It produces red samaras from early to mid fall. The smooth green bark is extremely showy and adds significant winter interest.

Landscape Attributes

Tsukushi Gata Japanese Maple is a multi-stemmed deciduous shrub 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 shrub, 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.

Tsukushi Gata Japanese Maple is recommended for the following landscape applications;

  • Accent
  • Hedges/Screening
  • General Garden Use

Planting & Growing

Tsukushi Gata 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 2 feet from the ground, and is suitable for planting under power lines. It grows at a slow rate, and under ideal conditions can be expected to live for 80 years or more.

This shrub 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. 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
Accent  Screening  Garden 
Flowers  Fruit  Foliage Color  Fall Color  Plant Form  Bark  Winter Value 
Ornamental Features