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

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Common names
  • Japanese Maple
  • Big Red Bamboo Japanese Maple
  • Maple
Also sold as:
  • Beni Ōtake
  • Beni Otaki

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Location: Hidden Lake Gardens, Tipton, Michigan
Date: 2020-10-31
These particular leaves lack the long skinny 'fingers' that chara
Location: Hidden Lake Gardens, Tipton, Michigan
Date: 2020-10-31
This cultivar really comes to life in the fall as long as there's
Location: Hidden Lake Gardens, Tipton, Michigan
Date: 2020-10-31
Most (not all) of the palmate leaves have long slender 'fingers'.
Location: Matthaei Botanical Gardens, Ann Arbor, MI
Date: 2014-07-06
Location: Matthaei Botanical Gardens, Ann Arbor, MI
Date: 2014-07-06
Location: Matthaei Botanical Gardens, Ann Arbor, MI
Date: 2014-07-06
Location: Matthaei Botanical Gardens, Ann Arbor, MI
Date: 2014-07-06
Location: West Jordan, Utah, United States
Date: 2021-10-05
Location: My garden in Bakersfield, CA
Date: March 22, 2012
Spring foliage in Bakersfield
Location: My garden in Bakersfield, CA
Date: March 22, 2012
Beni Otake in early spring
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Comments:
  • Posted by arctangent (Ann Arbor, Michigan - Zone 6a) on Nov 12, 2020 8:31 AM concerning plant:
    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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