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Nishiki Gawa Japanese Maple

Acer palmatum 'Nishiki Gawa'

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Nishiki Gawa Japanese Maple (Acer palmatum 'Nishiki Gawa') at Bedner's Farm & Greenhouse

Nishiki Gawa Japanese Maple foliage

Nishiki Gawa Japanese Maple foliage

(Photo courtesy of NetPS Plant Finder)

Nishiki Gawa Japanese Maple (Acer palmatum 'Nishiki Gawa') at Bedner's Farm & Greenhouse

Nishiki Gawa Japanese Maple

Nishiki Gawa Japanese Maple

(Photo courtesy of NetPS Plant Finder)

Nishiki Gawa Japanese Maple (Acer palmatum 'Nishiki Gawa') at Bedner's Farm & Greenhouse

Nishiki Gawa Japanese Maple

Nishiki Gawa Japanese Maple

(Photo courtesy of NetPS Plant Finder)

Height:  15 feet

Spread:  15 feet

Sunlight:  full sun  partial shade 

Hardiness Zone:  5b

Other Names:  Pine Bark Maple

Description:

This fine selection features interesting deeply fissured bark almost like a pine tree, which is even more pronounced with age; bright green leaves during summer turn red and gold in fall; a stunning ornamental feature tree

Ornamental Features

Nishiki Gawa Japanese Maple has attractive light green foliage throughout the season. The small lobed palmate leaves are highly ornamental and turn outstanding shades of gold and red in the fall. Neither the flowers nor the fruit are ornamentally significant. The warty brown bark is extremely showy and adds significant winter interest.

Landscape Attributes

Nishiki Gawa Japanese Maple is a dense deciduous tree with a more or less rounded form. 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.

Nishiki Gawa Japanese Maple is recommended for the following landscape applications;

  • Accent
  • Mass Planting
  • Hedges/Screening
  • General Garden Use
  • Container Planting

Planting & Growing

Nishiki Gawa Japanese Maple will grow to be about 15 feet tall at maturity, with a spread of 15 feet. It has a low canopy with a typical clearance of 2 feet from the ground, and is suitable for planting under power lines. It grows at a slow rate, and under ideal conditions can be expected to live for 60 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.

Nishiki Gawa Japanese Maple is a fine choice for the yard, but it is also a good selection for planting in outdoor pots and containers. Because of its height, it is often used as a 'thriller' in the 'spiller-thriller-filler' container combination; plant it near the center of the pot, surrounded by smaller plants and those that spill over the edges. Note that when grown in a container, it may not perform exactly as indicated on the tag - this is to be expected. Also note that when growing plants in outdoor containers and baskets, they may require more frequent waterings than they would in the yard or garden.

 
 
Hardiness Zone Plant Height Minimum Sunlight
Characteristics
Accent  Massing  Screening  Garden  Container 
Applications
Foliage Color  Fall Color  Texture  Plant Form  Bark  Winter Value 
Ornamental Features
This Plant Library is an online resource representing many of the varieties that we carry over the course of the season, and is intended for informational purposes only. Inventory varies seasonally and changes from day to day, so we cannot guarantee that every plant will be in stock at all times - please contact the store directly for current availability. It does not include our entire selection of plants, so be sure to visit our store to see varieties that may not be represented on this list.