Mikawa yatsubusa is one of the most outstanding dwarf, palmatum-type maples – Mikawa yatsubusa has yellow-green foliage in the spring turning to a vivid forest green in the summer. As the leaves emerge they overlap each other and form tight bunches. One of the special characteristics of this maple is the tight leaf clumps on branches that seem to layer and form a natural bonsai shape. The best display of this cultivar is pruning that removes some of the individual leaves on the trunk – this allows you to see the amazing branch structure.  Overall, good pruning significantly enhances the beauty of this distinctive maple.  Fall color occurs late and sometimes winter temperatures and wind prevent the change in color – orange to red.  Mikawa yatsubusa may reach 6′ high and wide in 10 years. A great selection for bonsai or larger containers.

This distinctive cultivar would make the perfect focal point in a small garden or near a water feature. Due to the natural bonsai type appearance, underneath plantings of ground cover and the use of rocks as hardscape, can easily transform any landscape into a small Japanese style garden. Relatively easy to grow, even a beginning maple collector could not go wrong with this choice. Once established this cultivar is hardy to -20 degrees – USDA Zone 5.

The two photos show 3 gallon Mikawa yatsubusa maples.  The third photo shows the beginning of  fall color. The last photo shows summer green of this outstanding dwarf maple in my display garden.