Skeeter’s Broom Japanese Maple (Acer palmatum ‘Skeeters Broom’)

Skeeter's Broom Japanese Maple

  • Rich, Red to Purple-Red Leaves
  • Compact Selection, Perfect for Smaller Areas Or Containers
  • Noteworthy Upright, Narrow Shape
  • Easy to Care for

This upright, narrowly shaped Skeeter’s Broom Japanese Maple (Acer palmatum ‘Skeeters Broom’) is what your lawn has been looking for. Not many trees will fill in small spaces as effectively as this one does.

This tree has rich red spring foliage that transforms into a beautiful purple-red tone in the summer, right up until late fall. This tree really is a package deal with the vibrant red-purple tones that it illuminates year round.

How to Use Skeeter’s Broom Japanese Maple in the Landscape

Skeeter’s Broom Japanese Maple is a colorful smaller growing Japanese Maple that makes a perfect specimen plant using it like you might a piece of sculpture in your landscape. It can also be the perfect focal point in an outdoor room or other high profile spot in your landscape. You may even consider using this plant in a larger container and use with other container plants or all alone.

Tips for Care

Skeeter’s Broom Japanese Maple prefers a cool, rich, well drained soil. Ideally, this plant loves morning sunlight with light or filtered shade from the hot afternoon sun – especially in the warmer climates.

A 3-4 inch layer of wood chips over the root zone of this plant does an excellent job of maintaining better moisture and keeping the soil cooler in summer, and also buffering the cold in winter. Always keep the mulch away from the stems of all plants by a few inches. Wood chips also does an excellent job of finishing the look of your landscape.

This compact plant needs little pruning unless you are trying to change the form of the plant or slightly reduce the size of a stem on occation. Late winter or early spring is a good time to do any pruning if needed.
An incredible, smaller growing Red Leaved Japanese with lots of character that would highlight any landscape. This one sells out every year.

Skeeter’s Broom Japanese Maple (Acer palmatum ‘Skeeters Broom’) Details

Common name Skeeter's Broom Japanese Maple
Botanical name Acer palmatum 'Skeeters Broom'
Plant type Deciduous
Hardiness zone 5-8
Growth rate Slow
Height 4 - 6 ft.
Width 3 - 5 ft.
Sunlight Full Sun, Partial Shade
Moisture Medium
Soil condition Well Drained
Pollinator-friendly Yes
Pruning time Late Winter
Flower color Red