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Inazuma Japanese Maple*

Acer palmatum 'Inazuma'

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Inazuma Japanese Maple (Acer palmatum 'Inazuma') at Homestead Gardens

Inazuma Japanese Maple foliage

Inazuma Japanese Maple foliage

(Photo courtesy of NetPS Plant Finder)

Inazuma Japanese Maple (Acer palmatum 'Inazuma') at Homestead Gardens

Inazuma Japanese Maple

Inazuma Japanese Maple

(Photo courtesy of NetPS Plant Finder)

* This is a "special order" plant - contact store for details

Height:  30 feet

Spread:  15 feet

Sunlight:  full sun  partial shade 

Hardiness Zone:  5a


This broadly columnar variety has leaves that emerge plum-red, then mature to purplish-green over the summer, turning orange to crimson in fall; lovely upright habit makes it great as a feature tree

Ornamental Features

Inazuma Japanese Maple has attractive plum purple-variegated green foliage which emerges plum purple in spring. The lobed palmate leaves are highly ornamental and turn outstanding shades of scarlet, orange and crimson in the fall. Neither the flowers nor the fruit are ornamentally significant.

Landscape Attributes

Inazuma Japanese Maple is a dense deciduous tree with an upright spreading habit of growth. Its relatively fine texture sets it apart from other landscape plants with less refined foliage.

This is a relatively low maintenance tree, and should only be pruned in summer after the leaves have fully developed, as it may 'bleed' sap if pruned in late winter or early spring. It has no significant negative characteristics.

Inazuma Japanese Maple is recommended for the following landscape applications;

  • Accent
  • Mass Planting
  • Hedges/Screening

Planting & Growing

Inazuma Japanese Maple will grow to be about 30 feet tall at maturity, with a spread of 15 feet. It has a low canopy with a typical clearance of 5 feet from the ground, and should not be planted underneath power lines. It grows at a slow rate, and under ideal conditions can be expected to live for 80 years or more.

This tree does best in full sun to partial shade. It prefers to grow in average to moist conditions, and shouldn't be allowed to dry out. It is not particular as to soil pH, but grows best in rich soils. It is somewhat tolerant of urban pollution, and will benefit from being planted in a relatively sheltered location. Consider applying a thick mulch around the root zone in winter to protect it in exposed locations or colder microclimates. This is a selected variety of a species not originally from North America.


* This is a "special order" plant - contact store for details

Hardiness Zone Plant Height Minimum Sunlight
Accent  Massing  Screening 
Foliage Color  Fall Color  Texture  Plant Form 
Ornamental Features