Tsukasa Japanese Maple is a beautiful compact deciduoustreewith a nearly columnar pyramidal crown and low branching. Its palmate rich deep green leaves emerge bright chartreuse and becomes crimson with orange hues in fall. Small non-showy umbels of red-purple flowers bloom mid-spring followed by samaras. Grows best in rich, moist, slightly acidic well-drained soils. Prefers full sun in cooler climates, but needsafternoon shadein southern areas. Tsukasa is heat tolerant and pest resistant.
15’ - 20'
4' - 8'
USDA Hardiness Zone:
5 - 9
Full Sun, Part Sun
Season of Interest:
MAINTENANCE NEEDS:Low maintenance. Water regularly. Mulch in southern climates to keep roots cool. Keep pruning to a minimum and prune in fall or winter. Potential issues include stem canker, leaf spots, fusarium, wilt, botrytis, anthracnose, and root rots. Potential insect pests include aphids, scale, borers, root weevils, and mites. Chlorosis may occur in high pH soils
LANDSCAPE USES: Group Plantings or Specimen Tree, Naturalized Areas, Woodland Gardens, Privacy Screen, Street Tree, and Shade Tree.
COMPANION PLANTS:Hosta, Pieris, Rhododendron
IMAGES: Photoset byFamartin, along Tranquility Court in the Franklin Farm section of Oak Hill, Fairfax County, Virginia, (1) 2022-05-10 16 01 26 A green-leaved Japanese Maple sapling in mid-late spring,CC BY-SA 4.0, (2)2022-04-24 08 28 51 Red-leaf Japanese Maple, Flowering Dogwood and azaleas blooming,CC BY-SA 4.0, (3)2019-04-25 10 25 57 New spring leaves on a green-leaf Japanese Maple, CC BY-SA 4.0
*As plants have ranges in appearance they may not appear as the images shown.