'Omato' is one of our newest editions to Pacific Coast Maples. This rare and very unique cultivar had to be added to our collection after several Japanese maple specialists in the state of Oregon felt that this particular maple was one of the most beautiful maples they had ever seen. After taking a look for ourselves we agreed. This large-leaved maple is similar to 'Osakasuki', however its fall colors and brilliant tones of rich red, are not as intense as those of 'Osakazuki." This is not to take away from Omato because very few, if any, Japanese maple cultivars can compete with 'Osakazuki's' brilliant red color in the fall. Omato's early foliage has a tinge of orange red, but the large leaves soon take on a rich green color. The color is very durable and is resistant to sunburn. This straight growing, round headed tree has outstanding limb structure. This tree is also unique in it ability to grow up to fifteen to twenty feet tall (in more than 25 years), yet it can also be planted in a container or delicately pruned as a bonsai tree.