Arthur Temple College of Forestry and Agriculture

Acer palmatum ‘Orangeola’

‘Orangeola’ was introduced in the USA in the 1980s and has found great favor in many gardens. This is a dissectum blessed with a strong weeping habit. With burgundy-red spring foliage, this variety greens up for the summer and is known for late summer and early fall new growth that is bright orange-red. This is unique among Japanese maple varieties and worth noting. In the fall, ‘Orangeola’ carries burgundy-red foliage into late December in our gardens, depending on the severity of winter freezes. At any rate, it’s a first class specimen and should be given space to develop. This variety is probably best trained to a 6’ to 9’ tall bamboo pole to give the variety some height. It is strongly weeping and tends to be taller than wide. This is a relatively new cultivar in our garden but it’s performed well in a number of spots and looks very promising. It appears durable enough to take Texas heat and sun in good stride, at least in our region. New growth in September is red.