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Acer palmatum 'Murasaki Kiyohime'

Acer palmatum 'Murasaki Kiyohime'
Japanese maple

Common name Japanese maple
Family sapindaceae
Life cycle tree
Size 30"
Light sun-part shade

An oddity among the Japanese maples we grow, 'Murasaki Kiyohime' grows much wider than it is tall. I didn't know this when I planted it: I bought it for the pretty rose-margined green leaves, and never knew its name until, intrigued by its habit, I enquired about it at the nursery where I bought it (at the same time as 'Shishigashira' which lives just across the bog from it). After several years in the garden, it started to look a little awkward, with a bare center surrounded by branches sticking haphazardly in all directions. But some judicious pruning last year appears to have been successful – the tree is looking rather elegant right now.

Acer palmatum 'Murasaki Kiyohime'
'Murasaki Kiyohime' in a much younger state, before its spreading habit became apparent

We left this plant behind in our Pennsylvania garden (and wish it well); we don't grow it in Houston.

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