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Summer Gold Japanese Maple
Summer Gold is a great new upright Acer palmatum that displays a showy golden yellow color throughout the summer, and it won't burn in the high heat, humidity, or in full sun! More details below!

Summer Gold Japanese Maple

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Summer Gold Japanese Maple
Acer palmatum 'Summer Gold'

USDA Plant Hardiness Zones: 6a-9a  Find Your Zone

Note: For our customers who live and garden north of USDA Plant Hardiness Zone 5a, where this Japanese Maple variety is not reliably winter hardy, you'll be happy to know it can be grown in containers that can be brought indoors during winter and placed back outside when temperatures warm up in spring.



Special Attributes

Living up to its name,  Summer Gold Japanese Maple is a fine new upright Acer palmatum with golden yellow leaves that hold their stunning color throughout the summer. The leaves don't burn in full sun and the heat and humidity here in our north-central Georgia gardens don't phase it. Leaves emerge light green with an orange cast in the spring turning to golden yellow in summer and then finally an even brighter yellow in the fall. Foliage color isn't all that remarkable about Summer Gold, bright red seeds that push through above the foliage contrast beautifully with the yellow leaves.




Landscape & Garden Uses

To showcase its magnificence and beauty, Summer Gold Japanese Maple is best used in the landscape as a focal point specimen to draw attention to a specific area of the home or landscape. That being said, you can plant them in groupings of three or plant one on both sides of an entryway to accentuate the entrance.

Spacing: At least 10' for space between trees

Container culture can extend the useful range of Japanese Maples. They are extremely easy to grow in containers, a practice taken to its most extreme form in the art of bonsai. 

Note:  One Japanese Maple can make a landscape...that is if you don't overcrowd it with other trees and plants. Therefore, when selecting companions to plant under or around your Japanese Maple, make sure to select low-growing shrubs or groundcover plants that won't interfere at all with your tree.  




Cultural Preferences

Though delicate looking, Japanese Maples are actually very tough and long-lived trees. They are very easy to grow. Container culture can extend their useful range. They are extremely easy to grow in containers, a practice taken to its most extreme form in the art of bonsai.

In their natural habitat, Japanese Maples are understory trees, growing in dappled forest sunlight at the edges of woodlands. Ideally they prefer to be grown in similar conditions. That said, you can find a complete listing of our sun-tolerant Japanese Maple varieties here, of which Summer Gold is one. 

Most any average garden soil will grow Japanese Maples. They prefer a moist but well-drained soil rich in organic matter. As with so many other ornamental plants and trees, constantly soggy or wet soil can be problematic. So make sure to plant your Japanese Maple in a well-drained site.




Helpful Articles

Click on a link below to get helpful advice from our experts on how to plant and care for Japanese Maple trees.







Plant Details

USDA Plant Hardiness Zones: 6a-9a  Find Your Zone
Height at Maturity:  10-12'
Width at Maturity:  6-8'
Growth Habit / Form:  Upright, Vase Shape to Rounded
Growth Rate:  Moderate 
Foliage Color in Spring:  Light Green with Orange cast
Foliage Color in Summer:  Golden Yellow
Foliage Color in Fall:  Intense Bright Yellow
Light Needs:  Full Sun or Mostly Sun, Morning Sun with Dappled or Afternoon Shade, All Day Filtered Sun, Morning Shade with Evening Sun
Water Needs:  Average, moderately drought tolerant when established
Soil Type:  Sandy, Loam & Clay (Condition heavy clay soils when planting)
Drainage:  Well drained soil is a must!
Soil pH:  6.0 - 7.0 is ideal
Maintenance:  Low
Resistances:  Deer, Heat Tolerant, Insect Resistant, Sun Tolerant



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