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Acer maximowiczianum is often confused with:
Acer triflorum Acer triflorum bark
Plants that fill a similar niche:
Acer palmatum  Acer Palmatum
Amelanchier x grandiflora Amelanchier x grandiflora full
Tilia tomentosa Tilia tomentosa

Acer maximowiczianum

Common Name(s):

Previously known as:

  • Acer nikoense
Phonetic Spelling
AY-ser maks-im-oh-wiks-ee-AY-num
Description

The Nikko maple has smooth, gray bark and is a deciduous shade tree of the Aceraceae family.  It is native to China and Japan and the leaves are distinct among maples for consisting of three separate leaflets.  It has a picturesque, vase-shaped, round-topped form and vibrant red-orange fall color for which it is primarily grown.

The Nikko maple grows best in sites with full sun and moist, well-drained soil.  It is particularly resistant to insect pests and very easy to transplant.

 

Cultivars / Varieties:
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Cultivars / Varieties:
Tags:
#purple#red#butterflies#sun#deciduous#fall color#yellow#shade tree#songbirds#full sun#bark#wildlife plant#purple leaves#yellow flowers#tree#maple#samaras#red leaves#yellow leaves#playground#well-drained soil#pest resistant#transplant#children's garden#shimmer#pollinator plant#winged seeds
  • Attributes:
    Genus:
    Acer
    Species:
    maximowiczianum
    Family:
    Aceraceae
    Life Cycle:
    Woody
    Country Or Region Of Origin:
    China/Japan
    Play Value:
    Attracts Pollinators
    Pieces Used in Games
    Shade
    Wildlife Food Source
    Wind Shimmer
    Dimensions:
    Height: 20 ft. 0 in. - 30 ft. 0 in.
    Width: 20 ft. 0 in. - 30 ft. 0 in.
  • Whole Plant Traits:
    Plant Type:
    Tree
    Leaf Characteristics:
    Deciduous
    Habit/Form:
    Rounded
    Vase
    Growth Rate:
    Slow
    Texture:
    Medium
  • Cultural Conditions:
    Light:
    Full sun (6 or more hours of direct sunlight a day)
    Soil Drainage:
    Good Drainage
    Moist
    Available Space To Plant:
    24-60 feet
    Usda Plant Hardiness Zone:
    5a, 5b, 6a, 6b, 7a, 7b
  • Fruit:
    Fruit Color:
    Brown/Copper
    Green
    Display/Harvest Time:
    Fall
    Fruit Type:
    Samara
    Fruit Length:
    1-3 inches
    Fruit Width:
    1-3 inches
    Fruit Description:
    1 to 2 in. thick pubescent fruit
  • Flowers:
    Flower Color:
    Gold/Yellow
    Flower Inflorescence:
    Panicle
    Flower Bloom Time:
    Spring
    Flower Size:
    < 1 inch
    Flower Description:
    .5 in. yellow flowers in clusters of 3 on a drooping panicle. Blooms in May.
  • Leaves:
    Leaf Characteristics:
    Deciduous
    Leaf Color:
    Gold/Yellow
    Green
    Purple/Lavender
    Red/Burgundy
    Deciduous Leaf Fall Color:
    Gold/Yellow
    Purple/Lavender
    Red/Burgundy
    Leaf Type:
    Compound (Pinnately , Bipinnately, Palmately)
    Leaf Arrangement:
    Opposite
    Hairs Present:
    No
    Leaf Length:
    3-6 inches
    Leaf Description:
    Leaves are 2 to 5 in., opposite, and compound trifoliate. In the fall, they are rich red, yellow-red, and purple. Leaf colors may include green and light green.
  • Bark:
    Bark Color:
    Dark Brown
    Dark Gray
    Light Brown
    Light Gray
    Red/Burgundy
    Surface/Attachment:
    Smooth
    Bark Description:
    Bark color may include: light/dark brown and red.
  • Stem:
    Stem Is Aromatic:
    No
  • Landscape:
    Landscape Location:
    Recreational Play Area
    Landscape Theme:
    Butterfly Garden
    Children's Garden
    Pollinator Garden
    Design Feature:
    Shade Tree
    Attracts:
    Butterflies
    Songbirds
    Resistance To Challenges:
    Insect Pests