Karasugawa Japanese Maple Tree
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Karasugawa Japanese Maple Tree
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Growth Facts

  • Hardiness Zone: 5-7
  • Spacing: 10-12'
  • Exposure: Morning Sun - Afternoon Shade
  • Bloom Time: Spring
  • Deer Resistant: Yes
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Karasugawa Japanese Maple

Acer palmatum 'Karasugawa'

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Coveted by collectors of Japanese Maples and by those who appreciate unusual and rare plants in general, Karasugawa Japanese Maple is a special tree indeed. In spring, it looks like it just finished a game of paintball—and lost! Much of the foliage is splattered with splotches of mint-green, cream, and coral pigment. Other leaves are all-white or all-pink, and a few are green on one half and pink on the other. The pink tones typically fade to white in the summer, but fall brings a spectacular finale—the foliage becomes a bonfire of red and orange. Amazing.

Growth Facts

  • Hardiness Zone: 5-7
  • Spacing: 10-12'
  • Exposure: Morning Sun - Afternoon Shade
  • Bloom Time: Spring
  • Deer Resistant: Yes
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The Story

Cherished for centuries in Japan, China, and Korea, where they are native, Japanese Maples have come a long way from the unadulterated, simple, green understory plants they once were. Hundreds of years of selective breeding, random mutations, and propagation have given us a wealth of novel varieties in a wide range of sizes, shapes, and color patterns. No one seems to be sure when and where Karasugawa originated. The name would indicate that it’s from Japan (it means “Karasu River” in Japanese), but some reports indicate it was actually discovered in Oregon.

The Details

Karasugawa is similar in appearance to the better-known Orido Nishiki, a.k.a. Oridono Nishiki, Japanese Maple, though Karasugawa’s leaves have even more pink and white variegation in them. In fact, it may be the most extensively variegated Japanese Maple of all!

How to Grow

Karasugawa Japanese Maple is a collector’s plant best reserved for experienced growers. Because of the meager amounts of green (chlorophyll) in its foliage, it’s not very vigorous, and the large patches of white foliage make it sensitive to too much sun. On the other hand, some bright light is necessary to bring out the best pink tones. Even knowledgeable growers may want to keep Karasugawa in a pot, so it can be easily moved to a better spot if the foliage begins to burn or if it is not coloring up like it should.

More Info

Cold Tolerance/Hardiness Zone 5
Heat Tolerance/Hardiness Zone 7
Exposure Morning Sun - Afternoon Shade
Avg Mature Height 10'
Avg Mature Width 10'
Spacing 10-12'
Growth Rate Slow
Leaf Color Pink Variegated - Pink/White - White
Fall Leaf Color Bright Orange/Red - Red
Flower Color N/A
Flower Time N/A
Fruit Color N/A
Fruit Time N/A
Foliage Color Pink Variegated - Pink/White - White
Bloom Time Spring
Cary Award Winner No
PA Gold Medal Award No
Attractive Bark No
Attracts Birds No
Attracts Butterflies No
Attracts Hummingbirds No
Attracts Pollinators No
Deer Resistant Yes
Drought Tolerant No
Dry, Poor Soils No
Edible Fruit No
Fragrant No
Groundcover No
Hedge/Windbreak No
Native No
Salt Tolerance/Seashore No
Seasonal Cut Branches No
Shade Tolerance Yes
Showy Flowers No
Specimen Yes
Urban Conditions Yes
Utility Line Trees No
Wet Moist Soils No
Winter Interest No
Woodland Garden No
Decor/Craft Use No

Size Guide

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Size: A

Size A

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Size A Trees:

4-5' Tall. Grown in our #7 tree container. This variegated tree is well branched and sized. This plant will be the highlight of your landscape for years to come.

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Karasugawa Japanese Maple Tree