Acer palmatum Tattoo is miniature maple with leaf characteristics similar to Mikawa yatsubusa and Japanese Princess. As the leaves emerge they overlap each other to form tight bunches. In the spring the leaves are light green turning to a darker green in summer. Fall color changes from yellow to orange with some red tints. This maple can handle mostly sun to partial shade in well drained soil. In 10 years this little cutie will only be 2′ tall and wide.
Acer palmatum Tattoo is so small and slow growing I recommend that you grow it in a container and place it on a deck or patio. Sometimes it is grafted onto a standard – a root stock that is grafted high, possible 12-15″ above the soil. However, the maples I have available for sale are low grafts and the branching begins very close to the soil.
If you love Japanese Maples as much as I do, you can learn more about them 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 posts many photos. The contributors to the group have a wealth of experience and post many photos. 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.