Leaves of Shigitatsu sawa are finely veined or reticulated in green on a background of light cream or yellow-green. Contrast is most marked in spring and early summer. Holds up best with some shade from the sun. By mid-summer leaves darken and in fall has red and red-green tone leaves.
Not quite as tough a plant as many other Japanese maples and will get leaf burn in full sun. Reaches up to 15 feet tall with a 12 foot spread. Japanese prefer to grow this in containers. Its name means ''snipes, quacking, flying up from a swamp''. Plants are ~12-18" tall.
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