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Kagiri Nishiki Japanese Maple

Acer palmatum 'Kagiri Nishiki'

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Kagiri Nishiki Japanese Maple (Acer palmatum 'Kagiri Nishiki') at Blomidon Nurseries (1970) Limited

Kagiri Nishiki Japanese Maple foliage

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Kagiri Nishiki Japanese Maple (Acer palmatum 'Kagiri Nishiki') at Blomidon Nurseries (1970) Limited

Kagiri Nishiki Japanese Maple

(Photo courtesy of NetPS Plant Finder)

Height:  20 feet

Spread:  20 feet

Sunlight:  full sun  partial shade 

Hardiness Zone:  6b


A beautiful selection with bluish-green leaves which have overtones of white and pink and curved tips, very curious; strong upright grower with dense branching, makes a fantastic ornamental accent for the front yard

Ornamental Features

Kagiri Nishiki Japanese Maple is primarily valued in the landscape for its ornamental globe-shaped form. It has attractive white-variegated bluish-green foliage with hints of pink. The small twisted lobed palmate leaves are highly ornamental and turn outstanding shades of rose and crimson in the fall.

Landscape Attributes

Kagiri Nishiki 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.

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

  • Accent
  • Shade
  • Mass Planting

Planting & Growing

Kagiri Nishiki Japanese Maple will grow to be about 20 feet tall at maturity, with a spread of 20 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. You may want to keep it away from hot, dry locations that receive direct afternoon sun or which get reflected sunlight, such as against the south side of a white wall. 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.

Hardiness Zone Plant Height Minimum Sunlight
Accent  Shade  Massing 
Foliage Color  Fall Color  Texture  Plant Form 
Ornamental Features