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Oridono Nishiki Japanese Maple

Scientific name: Acer palmatum 'Oridono Nishiki'

Type:Deciduous tree
Plant Requirements
Zone:5 to 8
Plant Characteristics
Height:20 ft
Width:18 ft
Additional Characteristics



Wildlife value

Description The cultivar ‘Oridono nishiki’ is considered one of the best of the variegated, upright Palmatum-type Japanese maples. Its name is interpreted from the Japanese phrase "the rich colored fabric of the master". New growth ranges from almost pure white to bright purplish-pink, all with irregular patches of green. An alternative name for this cultivar is ‘Orido nishiki.'

The leaves of ‘Orido nishiki’ have 5 or 6 lobes, and radiate outward. Leaves vary in size considerably, but average 2” across. Lobes are ovate with a long tapering point. New growth emerges in early spring with lots of pink and white variegations of assorted sizes and shapes throughout the green leaves. Later variegated areas are cream and white, and strongly variegated leaves twist and bend. Some new leaves may be completely white or pink! In the fall the foliage turns reddish-maroon.

The species grows about 12" per year, and eventually reaches a height of 15-20’. Width will probably be 3/4’s of height.

Grows well in partial shade but full sun is ok too. Grows well in containers and would make a nice bonsai with the colorful bark.

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