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Villa Taranto Japanese Maple

Acer palmatum 'Villa Taranto'

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Villa Taranto Japanese Maple (Acer palmatum 'Villa Taranto') at Valley View Farms

Villa Taranto Japanese Maple foliage

Villa Taranto Japanese Maple foliage

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Height:  10 feet

Spread:  10 feet

Sunlight:  full sun  partial shade 

Hardiness Zone:  5b

Group/Class:  Linearilobum

Description:

Graceful bamboo-like leaves are chartreuse with red tones during summer on this delicate garden specimen, foliage turns gold with reddish tones in fall; slow growing and compact, a ideal size for the garden composition

Ornamental Features

Villa Taranto Japanese Maple has attractive red-variegated chartreuse foliage which emerges red in spring. The small deeply cut ferny palmate leaves are highly ornamental and turn outstanding shades of gold and red in the fall. Neither the flowers nor the fruit are ornamentally significant.

Landscape Attributes

Villa Taranto Japanese Maple is an open deciduous tree with a strong central leader and a more or less rounded form. It lends an extremely fine and delicate texture to the landscape composition which can make it a great accent feature on this basis alone.

This is a relatively low maintenance tree, and should only be pruned in summer after the leaves have fully developed, as it may 'bleed' sap if pruned in late winter or early spring. It has no significant negative characteristics.

Villa Taranto Japanese Maple is recommended for the following landscape applications;

  • Accent
  • Mass Planting
  • Hedges/Screening
  • General Garden Use
  • Container Planting

Planting & Growing

Villa Taranto Japanese Maple will grow to be about 10 feet tall at maturity, with a spread of 10 feet. It tends to be a little leggy, with a typical clearance of 1 foot from the ground, and is suitable for planting under power lines. It grows at a slow rate, and under ideal conditions can be expected to live for 60 years or more.

This tree does best in full sun to partial shade. It prefers to grow in average to moist conditions, and shouldn't be allowed to dry out. It is not particular as to soil pH, but grows best in rich soils. It is somewhat tolerant of urban pollution, and will benefit from being planted in a relatively sheltered location. Consider applying a thick mulch around the root zone in winter to protect it in exposed locations or colder microclimates. This is a selected variety of a species not originally from North America.

Villa Taranto Japanese Maple is a fine choice for the yard, but it is also a good selection for planting in outdoor pots and containers. Because of its height, it is often used as a 'thriller' in the 'spiller-thriller-filler' container combination; plant it near the center of the pot, surrounded by smaller plants and those that spill over the edges. Note that when grown in a container, it may not perform exactly as indicated on the tag - this is to be expected. Also note that when growing plants in outdoor containers and baskets, they may require more frequent waterings than they would in the yard or garden.

 
 
Hardiness Zone Plant Height Minimum Sunlight
Characteristics
Accent  Massing  Screening  Garden  Container 
Applications
Foliage Color  Fall Color  Texture  Plant Form 
Ornamental Features
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