Acer palmatum 'Beni otake' is an attractive tree its name means 'Red Bamboo'.
Foliage emerges deep red in spring and holds well into summer, eventually bronzing then turning green. Autumn sees the colour change to a vivid crimson.
'Beni otake' has a vase-shaped habit that rounds with maturity. A vigorous and upright grower, with strap-like leaves and a distinctive bamboo-like appearance.
Tolerates full sun and is hardy, but needs protection from cold winds and late frost.
Reaches 4m in 10 years.
Should be grown in moist but well-drained soil. Leaf colour is best in partial shade but the full sun can be tolerated.
Like all Maples, this one is very easy to maintain. It doesn't require any pruning routine. Remove any dead or damaged branches. The best time to prune is the late autumn or winter when the plant is fully dormant.
In spring you may add a top dressing of a multi-purpose fertiliser or organic matter around the base of the plant.