Acer palmatum 'Beni komachi'
Beni komachi Japanese Maple
Native to (or naturalized in) Oregon:
- Broadleaf deciduous tree/shrub, sometimes listed as dwarf shrub a few meters high, but in time grows into a small tree (i.e., semi-dwarf), densely branched. Leaves deeply dissected, 5-lobed, each slightly curly, leaf length may vary from 3-7 cm, bright crimson when unfolding then darkens, turning greenish-red, margins remain edged in crimson; fall color is red.
- Hardy to USDA Zone 5. Fast growing stems with large atypical leaves should be removed.
- Introduced by J.D. Vertrees, before 1975. Sometimes listed as A. p. var. atropurpureum ‘Beni komachi’.
- Beni komachi: "red-haired, beautiful little girl"