Acer palmatum Villa Taranto provides 6 months of color from brick-red in the spring to bronze red in the summer and orange to crimson in the fall. This maple grows well in full sun to partial shade and has a ‘V’ shape. The V or vase shape is common for many Japanese Maples. In the spring the leaves emerge with reddish brick color. Villa Taranto e is similar in shape and structure to the green leaf version – Koto no ito. Both are in the linearilobum group of maples which means they have string-like leaves. Villa Taranto is not a large maple only reaching 5′ to 6′ feet tall and 5′ wide in 10 years. Once established this cultivar is hardy to -20 degrees, USDA zone 5.
Acer palmatum Villa Taranto is a hardy cultivar that grows well in full sun with the ‘V’ shape. Maple collectors should not be afraid of the low split in the main trunk because the branches seldom break due to snow or ice. In areas where winters are hard with a lot of snow and ice a simple step can protect your maple. Tie a double layer of green landscape tape to hold the two main branches together. Not tight, but with just enough strength to give each branch support. Care should be taken to make sure the tape is the stretching kind that allows for growth and wears out over time and falls off. Additionally, removing branches that cross over between the two main branches that form the ‘V’ will reduce the accumulation of snow and/or ice. Keeping the middle of the ‘V’ open increases air circulation and reduces the amount of dead leaves that get stuck. For more information see Pruning Japanese Maples.
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 and the contributors to the group have a wealth of experience and lots of photos. No question to the group 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.
I also recommend that you purchase the 4th edition of Japanese Maples, by J.D. Vertrees and Peter Gregory. There are many photos and descriptions for more than 400 cultivars.
The first photo shows the beautiful spring color and structure of a this maple. The second photo shows summer color. Both of these photos are of the same Villa Taranto in our display garden. Photos taken 5 years apart.