Acer palmatum ‘Osakazuki’ Care Guide

The Acer palmatum ‘Osakazuki’ it is one of the most appreciated Japanese maple varieties. In general, it does not exceed 4 meters in height, which makes it very interesting to grow in any garden, large or small. In addition, it can be pruned to be able to enjoy it in a pot, placed on a terrace or on a balcony in order to give them an oriental touch.

Its care and maintenance are not difficult tasks to carry out when the weather is goodbut when this is not the case, we are talking about a very demanding plant, although luckily it is less so than other varieties of Japanese maple.

Origin and characteristics of Acer palmatum ‘Osakazuki’

The Acer palmatum Osakazuki is a small tree

Osakazuki is not a pure variety, but a cultivar; that is, it is a cross between other Japanese maple varieties. Its origin is Japan, and as we anticipated is a medium-sized deciduous plantwhose height is about 4 or 5 meters at most (in a pot it is smaller, with 2-3 meters).

The leaves are webbed, composed of seven lobes, two of them being the first that are closer to the petiole, shorter and thinner. Its color is green, but in autumn they turn reddish before fallingsomething they do after a few weeks. It blooms during the spring, shortly before or at the same time that its foliage sprouts.

What are the care you need?

The Acer palmatum ‘Osakazuki’ It is a plant that can give us many joys, even to those who live in places where the climate is warm (be careful: warm, but not tropical, since the japanese maples they cannot live in areas where temperatures hardly vary throughout the year).

So, let’s see how it is cared for:

Climate and humidity

We start by talking a little more about the weather you need. It is very important that it is temperedwith mild summers and cold winters with temperatures below zero. It can live in the Mediterranean, with maximums of 38ºC and minimums of -2ºC, but from my own experience I can tell you that it will no longer be an easy plant.

The humidity must be highAs otherwise it would lose a lot of water through the pores of its leaves and, as a consequence, it would dry out.


Acer palmatum 'Osakazuki' has red leaves

On the outside, always. If it is kept indoors, it will not be able to feel the passing of the seasons and, consequently, it will die. And it is that the drop in temperatures in autumn already warns you that you must prepare to go to rest and survive the winter; the rise in temperatures in spring stimulates the budding of leaves and flowers; and with the beginning of summer its growth rate reaches its maximum speed.

Likewise, It is highly recommended that it be kept in shade or semi-shade. But if the climate is temperate to cold, it is possible to grow it in full sun if you acclimatize before.

Soil or substrate

  • the garden: the garden soil must be acidic, with a pH between 4 to 6, and fresh.
  • Flower pot:
    • Cold temperate climate: you can use substrate for acidic plants (on sale here!).
    • Warm temperate climate (such as the Mediterranean): best planted in a mix of akadama (for sale here!) and kiryuzuna (for sale here!), in a ratio of 7: 3, to ensure that the roots remain properly aerated.


You have to use rainwater, or failing that, soft water poor in lime.. Another option is to use the tap, but it is important that the pH is lowered if it is 7 or higher, adding a few drops of lemon for example.

Irrigation water can be acidified easily
Acer palmatum ‘Osakazuki’ Care Guide

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