The Japanese maple collection in the arboretum boasts more than 90 different cultivars, many of which have been new plantings in the last few years. This makes our collection one of the largest in the United States. The Woodland Garden garden itself contains over 70 of these cultivars and the next couple of weeks is the time to see them in all their blazing glory. The tree pictured is Acer palmatum, cultivar Osakazuki which is at the NE pathway into the Woodland Garden. This photo does not do the vibrant red leaves justice, but this cultivar is considered to have the most intense crimson color of any of the maples. It is a hardy grower which does not get much above 8′ tall even in extreme old age and has been listed in catalogs since the mid-1800s.
The name Osakazuki is a reference to its leaves which cup at the base, the literal translation is “saki-cup-like leaf.”
Please join one of our free weekend walks over the next couple weeks and view the amazing fall colors. All tours meet at 1:00 pm, Sundays at the Graham Visitors Center.