Skeeter’s Broom has multiple upright stems and grows 6 feet tall or more, but stays only 3 feet wide. This makes it quite unusual for Japanese Maples and as a vertical accent plant. It has rich red spring foliage, purple-red summer leaves, brilliant bright red fall colors, and red winter twigs. The leaves have five long lobes, cut right to the base of the leaf, in the form called ‘palmate’, like the fingers of a hand. Each lobe is edges in small serrations.
Pronunciation: AY-ser pahl-MAY-tum
Species Meaning: Shaped like the palm of the hand
Grow in full sun or partial shade. It is vigorous and grows well in any moist, well-drained soil. Organic material blended into the soil.
‘Skeeter’s Broom’ was found at the Raraflora Nursery, Pennsylvania. by the owner Edward Rodd, known as ‘Skeeter’. It was an unusual clump of branches growing on a tree of ‘Bloodgood’ – something called a witch’s broom – and the name naturally followed.
In Our Garden
Plant ID: P18016
Found in Streambed,
Part way down the side steps before you get to the Dogwoods.