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Japanese Maple 'Asahi Zuru'

Acer palmatum (Palmatum Group) 'Asahi Zuru'

Also known as

Rising Sun Maple 'Asahi Zuru', Acer 'Asahi Zuru'

Partial Shade
Easy care
Moderate watering
Frost Hardy


RHS hardiness


Minimum temperature

Expected size








10 years to reach maturity


    • spring
    • summer
    • autumn
    • winter

    This plant has no fragrance

    Japanese Maple 'Asahi Zuru' Overview

    Acer palmatum 'Asahi Zuru is an upright variegated deciduous small tree or shrub with green leaves that are attractively blotched with white and pink. As these leaves mature they can turn entirely white or pink before developing a striking red colour in autumn. Commonly known by the names Japanese Maple 'Asahi Zuru' or Acer 'Asahi Zuru', it has insignificant flowers in spring followed by winged fruits in spring/summer. It likes a sheltered position in partial shade. Leaf colour will be more impressive when grown in a slightly shaded area, but it will tolerate full sun if soil conditions are moist enough. Otherwise, leaf scorch may occur. It prefers soil that is on the acid, rather than the alkaline side, that is moist but well-drained. So keep well watered during dry spells (and regularly water newly planted trees). Additional plant feed may be required for potted or container-grown specimens. Acers can also benefit from spring and/or winter mulching with a helping of ericaceous material such as pine needles or chopped bracken. Little to no pruning is recommended, however removing dead or unwanted branches can be done in late autumn to midwinter. A low-maintenance, architectural plant, Acer palmatum 'Asahi Zuru' is a welcome addition to many garden styles, including courtyards, rock gardens and Japanese gardens.

    Common problems with Japanese Maple 'Asahi Zuru'

    How to propagate Japanese Maple 'Asahi Zuru'


    Take soft wood cuttings in early summer.


    By grafting or simple layering in late winter or early spring.

    Special features of Japanese Maple 'Asahi Zuru'

    Attractive leaves

    Autumn colour

    Other uses of Japanese Maple 'Asahi Zuru'

    Acer palmatums have been given an OPALS rating of 5, use with moderation in a low allergen planting scheme.


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