There are at least two forms of 'Tamukeyama' on the market. This may or may not be the same form that was
listed in the early 1700s in Japan. Regardless, this is the form that
is touted as being the most heat and sun tolerant of the red laceleaf Japanese maples. It is also considered to be more cold hardy than most other
The bold, lightly cut lobes of 'Tamukeyama' radiate outward from the leaf
base. The lobes are often straight, flat, and have a
more spiky appearance than 'Crimson Queen'. The spring foliage is a good
reddish burgundy that deepens into a nice purple color by early summer.
The color holds well in ideal conditions, but it can be expected to
become a bronze green with purple tones by late summer. In fall it
becomes a mixture of orange to deep red colors.
'Tamukeyama' is a fairly vigorous grower, reaching over 10 feet high and
15 feet wide in many years. The habit is more open than 'Crimson Queen'
and 'Red Dragon'.
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