Acer palmatum Golden Falls is a yellow version of Ryu sei which means – ‘falling star’ in Japanese. Spring growth is bright yellow turning to a soft yellow in the summer. Fall color is orange to scarlet-red. Golden Falls is a pendulous upright with side branches that hang down, if staked. The terminal branch for this maple needs to be staked for height. If left to grow without staking it would look like carpet of yellow covering the ground. The pruning and staking of this maple is necessary to form an outstanding maple. For more information check out Care of Japanese Maplesand Pruning Japanese Maples.
Acer palmatum Golden Falls is really spectacular when planted on a mound, cliff or along a wall allowing the branches to cascade down lower then the base. Planting this maple in a large ornamental container and placing it in a sunny location near a water feature would be ideal. This would allow the branches to cascade below the lip of the container and shade the container with the root ball and prevent it from drying out too quickly. Morning sun with afternoon shade is recommended. Once established it is hardy to -20 degrees. USDA zone 5. Golden Falls was discovered and introduced by Buchholz Nursery as part of their Flora Wonder ™ Collection.
If you love Japanese Maples as much as I do, you can learn more about these amazing trees by joining the Facebook Group – Japanese Maples and Conifers.It is free to join – you just have to be a Facebook member. The contributors to the group have a wealth of experience and post many photos. No question is dumb – you will not be criticized for lack of knowledge, rather you will get a variety of opinions from all over the country. This is what I value the most – learning about variations of growth, leaf size and color in different sections of the USA and around the world. I often participate in the discussions.
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The first photo shows the yellow leaves on cascading branches. The second photo shows the beginning of fall color – scarlet red. Both photos courtesy of Buchholz Nursery.