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Gardening in the Rainy Zone.
Acer palmatum 'Orangeola'
Pronounced: AY-ser pal-MAY-tum
Sunset zones: 2-6, 14-16.
USDA zones: 5-9.
Height: 6-10 feet (1.8 m).
The lacy leaves emerge in spring as orange. In summer, they turn green with an overlay of golden orange. In fall, they turn a bright orange-red.
Humus rich, moist, well-drained soil.
Side dress with compost and other amendments annually, and in spring use a complete organic fertilizer and give a light feeding.
Prune back branches smaller than ¾ of an inch in diameter during midsummer, after the new growth is hardened-off. Any cuts that are over ¾ of an inch should be made in late winter when the buds swell.
Pests and Diseases:
No significant problems.
Rainy Side Notes
Acer is the Latin for maples, and palmatum means hand-like.
Acer 'Orangeola' is a weeping cultivar that looks incredible, draping down over a rock wall. If you would like this weeping acer to be more upright than the typical mushroom shape you will want to stake it, or make sure you purchase one with a high graph.
Regular irrigation is important during our summer drought. A deep soaking is preferable over frequent shallow watering.
Photographed at Savage Plants, Kingston, Washington.