Acer palmatum 'Aka shigitatsu sawa' Here is the cultivar Acer palmatum 'Aka shigitatsu sawa'. I propagated some of these a few years back and need to find a place in the landscape to plant them so as to evaluate it better. So far I don't think that they do well in the Southeastern United State's heat and humidity. There are many micro-climates down here, where they may do better. They have not held up in containers as well as some other cultivars have. The spring color usually shows more red but these have been in heavy shade. The color of this one in this picture is more like 'Shigitatsu sawa' but the leaf shape tells you that it is not. 'Shigitatsu sawa' is reputed to be a stronger grower than 'Aka shigitatsu sawa' but down here in this region the word is that it doesn't handle the heat as well as 'Aka...'. This photo was made in May 2002.