Acer palmatum ‘Samidare’

Acer • Maple • カエデ • 楓 • kaede

[The text below was prepared by SJG Plant Committee for docent maple training in fall 2013]

One is in area Q, west of the zigzag bridge. Growth is upright and round-topped, about 15 – 18 feet tall and wide.

The leaves are 5 to 7 lobed, large, of heavy texture, almost smooth, and blunt-tipped. They emerge almost pink, quickly turning a blend of green with light reddish margins. The meaning of ‘Samidare’ is “early summer rain” & refers to the long June rains in Japan.

The fall color has varying blends of gold & crimson or purple; many have gold-green centers with red-purple lobes. This subtlety is unusual in fall color.


SJG • 10/22/13 – Acer palmatum ‘Samidare’, Area Q, west of the zigzag bridge


SJG • 10/22/13 – Acer palmatum ‘Samidare’, Area Q, west of the zigzag bridge; fall LEAVES

From Garden Plant Search (click to see the map of where this tree can be grown in US): JAPANESE MAPLE ‘SAMIDARE’; […] The Japanese Maple is grown for its interesting variations in leaf color, pattern, and structure. Most are slow growers. A tendency to leaf out early makes these maples susceptible to spring frosts. Protect from drying winds and direct sun. […]

From Plant Lust: […] Durable and faster-growing, this 12-18 footer has large (3-4″) leaves that provide good color: pink in spring, deep green in summer, gold ; crimson in fall; an easy small, eventually spreading tree. Sun-Shade/Med […].


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