Here are a couple of shots of Acer palmatum 'Okushimo'. It is a vigorous growing crinkle-leaved cultivar. It forms a narrow, vase shaped tree of 25' or more. It has dark green leaves with each leaf lobe rolled upward and inward. Almost forming a tube. Very similar to the cultivar 'Kurui jishi'. This cultivar grows well in full sun and seems to withstand the heat and humidity common here in the Southeatern U.S.. On a mature specimen the foliage is so thick that it resembles a dark green, living wall. Fall color is golden. Pictured here is a small plant at a friends nursery and a small, 1g plant of mine.
Last edited by Elmore; February 18th, 2004 at 08:35 PM.
Attached are two pictures of my newest Maple, 'Okushimo'. I hope the leaf close up shows a clearer rendition of the curled, crinkled leaf. Though this is still a small twig of a tree, (barely 6"!!!) it's curled leaves are unique, beautiful and quite delicate. I can't wait for this one to start grow.. It was purchased through California Maple Nursery, via ebay.. a first for me.
It is worth mentioning that this cultivar is one of the sturdiest I have experienced. Mine is in a small (1.5 gal) pot in the strong southern France sun for 8 hours a day without showing any sign of leaf burn and withstanding an occasional watering lapse. The pictures were taken today.
If you happen to like the leaf form, it is definitely a good and safe choice.
Here is a photo of my Okushimo taken April 10, 2008, showing the defining curled lobes characteristic of this cultivar. Unlike the sunny locations all others have placed their Okushimos in, mine resides in a rather less sunny location under an umbrella of madrone trees where it receives filtered light a lots of summer heat. It is about 6 years old and is doing beautifully.
I was able to nab two of these trees last fall when a nursery went out of business. Both are around 5 ft. tall and in 7 gallon containers. This pic is from March 2012. I'm not sure how well they survived the heat & drought this past summer, so I'm anxiously awaiting this spring. Anyone else in the Midwest/Plains have this tree?