Oshu beni is another Japanese Maple tree which proves that they can also supply lots of colour in spring. In spring the leaves are bright red. They turn a duller red to green as summer progresses with a final show of bright red in the autumn.
Growing to 4m it is a good tree for the average garden and does very well in containers. This is a strong growing Japanese Maple which stands neglect better than many other varieties.
TECHNICAL DETAILS FOR ACER PALMATUM OSAKAZUKI
Will do well in shade or sun but some sun is needed for the full colour to emerge.
4m / 13ft at maturity
3m / 10ft at maturity
A small tree with a neatly mounded top
Initially red turning green in summer then red again in autumn
The picture on the left shows the emerging leaves of ‘Oshu beni’ in mid April. The spring red colour is already there and the flowers are an attractive spring feature as well. The leaves have seven deeply divided lobes with a strong vein through the centre. The lobes are long with just a hint of serrated edges. The leaf stalks are generally green throughout the year.