Acer palmatum ‘Katsura’

(Katsura Japanese Maple)


Hardiness Zones:

 5a  5b  6a  6b  7a  7b  8a  8b  9a  9b

Quick Overview:

‘Katsura’ is a dense, compact, cultivar that is most noted for its beautiful spring foliage. Small, palmate, 5-lobed leaves (to 1″ long) emerge chartreuse with orange-tinted margins in spring, mature to bright green by summer and finally turn pastel shades of orange and yellow in fall. Leaf lobes are lanceolate with slender tips and shallow-toothed margins. ‘Katsura’ typically grows in a vase-shaped form to 4-6′ tall over the first 10 years, but gradually becomes more rounded with age as it matures to 10-12′ tall.  (Courtesy of the Missouri Botanical Garden Plant Finder)


Easily grown in moist, organically rich, slightly acidic, well-drained soils in full sun to part shade. Grows well in sandy loams. May be grown in full sun in the northern parts of its growing range, but prefers at least some afternoon shade in the southern parts (including Durham) of its growing range. New foliage may scorch in full sun locations in hot summer areas, particularly if soils are not kept consistently moist. Mulch helps retain soil moisture and keep roots cool. Site in locations protected from strong winds. Avoid hot and dry sites. Fertilize in spring before leaves emerge. Pruning is best kept to a minimum, but if needed should be done in late fall to mid winter. Spring or summer pruning often results in significant bleeding.  (Courtesy of the Missouri Botanical Garden Plant Finder)

Additional information

Common Name

Katsura Japanese Maple

Botanical Name

Acer palmatum 'Katsura'


65 gallon

Evergreen or Deciduous


Hardiness Zone

5a, 5b, 6a, 6b, 7a, 7b, 8a, 8b, 9a, 9b

Growth Rate


Light Requirements

Part-shade, Part-sun, Sun





Soil Condition


Water Needs


Blooming Period


Flower Color




Foliage Color

bright green with orange margins in spring

Deer Resistant


Fall Color

pastel yellow and orange

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