Common Name: Northwind maple, Northwind Korean maple, Northwind Japanese maple

Scientific Name: 
Genus: Acer
Species: A. palmatum x pseudosieboldianum

Hardiness Zone: 4a
Height: 20 ft
Width: 15 ft

Common characteristics:

Northwind maple is a cross between Japanese maple (Acer palmatum) and Korean maple (Acer pseudosieboldianmum). Originally developed by Iseli Nursery in Oregon, they succeeded in growing a species that combined the beauty of the Japanese maple and the cold tolerance of the Korean maple. The result is a hybrid that can survive winters all the way through hardiness zone 4, as cold as -30 degrees F. This tree will typically reach heights of 20 feet and have a 15-foot span. The palmate leaves emerge red in spring changing to green by midsummer. Showy pink samaras stand against the green summer foliage. When all other fall color has faded in northern landscapes, Northwinds continues the show with dramatic tones of orange and scarlet.

Where it grows: 

Prefer moist, well-drained soils, and will not tolerate wet sites with standing water. Prefers full sun to partial shade.

How it’s used:

This tree is best used as an ornamental tree in the landscape especially in areas that experience cold winters.

Where it is native to:

This tree was introduced to the United States as a hybrid of Japanese maple and Korean maple.


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