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Acer palmatum

'Beni otake'

Beni otake Japanese Maple

Origin:  The cultivar `Beni otake' was discovered by Edward Wood in 1980 and then introduced by T.C. Plant Inc. of Hillsboro, Oregon, United States of America.
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The `Beni otake' , Japanese Maple has a bright red spring-summer colour and its crimson autumn colour gives it an especially unique look that is sure to stand out in any setting. This tree would make a great centre piece in a backyard landscape. With the proper care, soil and placement conditions this tree will thrive and have a long aesthetically pleasing existence.

Michael Pascoe, NDP., ODH., CLT., MSc. (Plant Conservation)


Sapindaceae (Aceraceae)
'Beni otake'
Tree (deciduous)
USDA Hardiness Zone
Canadian Hardiness Zone
RHS Hardiness Zone
Temperature (°C)
Temperature (°F)
3 - 8 m
3 - 8 m
Description and Growing Information
Flowering Period
General Description
Upright and round in shape. Purple-red leaf colour with each leaf having long, narrow lobes with acute apices.
The dark purple-red foliage is attractive in the spring with the red colour persisting through the summer and changing to a breathtaking crimson in autumn. It may be used as an accent/specimen tree or as screening/hedging.
It performs best in full sun to partial shade and prefers above average soil moisture that cannot be allowed to dry out. Partial to neutral soil with a pH of 4-7.5 l is optimal. It is pollution tolerant to a degree but would benefit from a location that is somewhat shielded from harsh elements (especially for winter survival). A layer of thick mulch around the root zone is recommended for the winter months.
Forms a strong, upright tree with a rounded canopy.
ID Characteristic
The leaves appear thick and smooth and have an appearance and shape that resembles bamboo. The Foliage has a very unique colour from spring through autumn.
This species and cultivar is susceptible to verticillium wilt, mites, aphids and stem canker.
Horticultural origin.
Bark/Stem Description
The bark is grey in colour, smooth with vertical white striations.
Flower/Leaf Bud Description
The buds are either green or red with a collar of leaf scars.
Leaf Description
The leaves usually have seven lobes but occasionally five and are fairly large in size while being quite broad. The leaves are 10-13 cm wide and 9-11 cm long with each lobe being long and narrow with an acute apex. The margins are sharply but finely serrated.
Flower Description
The flowers of most of the palmatum species are red
Fruit Description
The samara is red in colour.
Colour Description
The foliage is deep purple-red in spring persisting red colour throughout the summer and then changing to crimson in the autumn.
Texture Description
A fine to medium textured plant both in and out of leaf.
Notable Specimens
The Royal Botanical Gardens (rock garden), Burlington, Ontario, Canada.
Japanese Maples are easily propagated by seed but cultivars are almost always propagated by grafting. Successful methods of grafting include T-budding, patch budding and chip budding and can begin in late July and continue to March on A. palmatum understock.
Vertrees, J. D., and Peter Gregory. 'Japanese maples' : momiji and kaede. 3rd ed. Portland, Or.: Timber Press, 2001. Print. Heriteau, Jacqueline., 'Trees, shrubs, & hedges for your home.' 3rd ed., Green ed. Upper Saddle River, N.J.: Creative Homeowner Press, 2011. Print.