Japanese Maple (Acer palmatum 'Beni Otake')

Common names:
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Also sold as:
Beni Ōtake

General Plant Information (Edit)
Plant Habit: Tree
Life cycle: Perennial
Sun Requirements: Full Sun
Full Sun to Partial Shade
Partial or Dappled Shade
Water Preferences: Mesic
Soil pH Preferences: Moderately acid (5.6 – 6.0)
Slightly acid (6.1 – 6.5)
Minimum cold hardiness: Zone 6a -23.3 °C (-10 °F) to -20.6 °C (-5 °F)
Plant Height: 10-20 feet
Plant Spread: 8-10 feet
Leaves: Good fall color
Unusual foliage color
Deciduous
Other: Leaves emerge burgundy and mature to green. Fall color scarlet or crimson. Leaves palmate, deeply divided (linearilobum group)
Flower Time: Spring
Suitable Locations: Patio/Ornamental/Small Tree

These particular leaves lack the long skinny 'fingers' that chara

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Comments:
Posted by arctangent (Ann Arbor, Michigan - Zone 6a) on Nov 12, 2020 8:31 AM

The Japanese form of the cultivar name, Beni Otake, translates as "red bamboo." The bamboo part of the name references the standard for the leaf shape of the cultivar. The palmate leaves are supposed to be deeply divided, nearly to the base of each leaf, with narrow lobes. Such leaves are thought to resemble the foliage of bamboo plants. In my experience of a single mature specimen of the cultivar, and of viewing photos online and posted to this database, many leaves fall short of the standard, having broader lobes, which make them resemble numerous other Acer palmatum cultivars. In one way of grouping Japanese maples according to leaf type, 'Beni Otake' falls into the linearilobum group.

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