Arthur Temple College of Forestry and Agriculture

Acer palmatum ‘Mikawa yatsubusa’

OK, this little fellow has a special place in our garden simply because it’s doing exactly what it’s supposed to do. It’s going to take a lot of time getting to be a very small little tree. ‘Mikawa yatsubusa’ is considered to be a green dwarf with short stubby growth and leaf buds partnered very close together. Leaves make a dense shingle like cover over the branches. Fall color is disappointing. The spring “show” is unexceptional. This one’s all about form. Ultimate size? I’m not sure, but I suspect it’s not overwhelming. Our eight year old plant presented here is less than two feet tall and wide and seems quite vigorous and healthy. In spite of my unbending praise for this plant over many years, it has never failed to illicit a student nearby to ask, “hey, that’s great, but what does it actually do?”