Tsuma Gaki Japanese Maple Tree
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Tsuma Gaki Japanese Maple Tree
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Growth Facts

  • Hardiness Zone: 5-7
  • Spacing: 8-10'
  • Exposure: Full Sun - Part Shade
  • Bloom Time: Spring
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Tsuma Gaki Japanese Maple

Acer palmatum 'Tsuma Gaki'

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Tsuma Gaki is an elegant Japanese Maple that looks like she’s just had her nails done. That’s right—she’s fresh from the salon! In spring, this sophisticated ornamental tree unfurls bright yellow-green palmate leaves, shaped like hands held out for a gentleman to kiss. At the end of each “finger” is a bright red tip that looks like a painted fingernail. It’s an odd but beautiful display you’ll look forward to every year! This classy specimen fits right in in formal foundation beds, patio plantings, courtyards, and Asian-inspired gardens—in other words, in any of the manicured areas around your home! (Sorry.)

Growth Facts

  • Hardiness Zone: 5-7
  • Spacing: 8-10'
  • Exposure: Full Sun - Part Shade
  • Bloom Time: Spring
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The Story

Cultivated for centuries in Japan, China, and Korea, where they are native, and for two or three hundred years in other parts of the temperate world, Japanese Maples have changed form like wolves have become radically different dog breeds. Over the years, growers and gardeners have noticed Japanese Maples that were different from the rest and propagated them. Tsuma Gaki is an old variety of Japanese origin, judging by its name—it means “Red Fingernails” in Japanese. This unique selection is easy to recognize, because it looks like no other Japanese Maple (except Tsuma Beni, which is derived from it).

The Details

Tsuma Gaki’s glorious red nails fade to green in the summer, but in autumn, another transformation takes place that will wow you. The foliage takes on fiery orange, red, and golden tones and blazes like a fall bonfire.

How to Grow

Tsuma Gaki Japanese Maple is happiest in moderate climates where winters are neither too frigid, nor summers too hot and steamy. In the warmer parts of its range, it appreciates some shade from the afternoon sun, though it can be grown in full sun where summers are mild. Wind protection is advisable in sites exposed to freezing winter winds. Tsuma Gaki Japanese Maple isn’t fussy about soil, as long as it isn’t wet. Like most Maple Trees, it does occasionally fall prey to verticillium wilt, a fungal disease present in some soils. The disease is more likely to attack stressed trees, and proper cultural care is the best means of defense against it.

More Info

Cold Tolerance/Hardiness Zone 5
Heat Tolerance/Hardiness Zone 7
Exposure Full Sun - Part Shade
Avg Mature Height 5-10'
Avg Mature Width 4-8'
Spacing 8-10'
Growth Rate Slow
Leaf Color Yellow/Green with Red Tips
Fall Leaf Color Red & Yellow
Flower Color Dark Red
Flower Time Spring
Fruit Color N/A
Fruit Time N/A
Foliage Color Yellow/Green with Red Tips
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 No
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

Size Guide Scale


Size: A

Size A

This graphic shows the approximate size and form of the Tree you are viewing.

Size A Trees:

3' Tall. Grown in our #7 tree container. The branching structure is already in place and ready for your landscape.

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Tsuma Gaki Japanese Maple Tree