Acer palmatum Akaji nishiki
$50.00 – $100.00
1 in stock
Acer palmatum Akaji nishiki is a dwarf maple with hot-pink new growth. In the spring the pink color is dominant and slowly evolves to a light green during the summer. Fall color is crimson red. This maple is in the group of maples that all have pink spring color which changes to light green in the summer. Shindeshojo, Beni maiko and Corallinum are a few of the other cultivars with the same pattern of spring pink to summer green and fall red. The first two are more tree-like and Akaji nishiki, like Corallinum is more bushy or shrub-like.
Acer palmatum Akaji nishiki has a slow to moderate growth rate and has a very nice shape, if properly pruned. Considered a dwarf – the height and width in 10 years may be 4′ tall and 3′ wide. This is my chance to remind you again that a branch shooting out 2′ on a dwarf maple is not a good look. Don’t let a branch get that long before you prune off 80% of it. The energy of the maple is being wasted and with pruning the new growth can be balanced in the direction you want it to grow. For more information please see Pruning Japanese Maples. Once established this cultivar is hardy to USDA zone 5.
If you love Japanese Maples as much as I do, you can learn more about these amazing trees by joining the Facebook Group – Japanese Maples and Conifers. It is free to join – you just have to be a Facebook member. The contributors to the group have a wealth of experience and post many photos. No question is dumb – you will not be criticized for lack of knowledge, rather you will get a variety of opinions from all over the country and beyond. This is what I value the most – learning about variations of growth, leaf size and color in different sections of the USA and around the world. I often participate in the discussions.
Limited Availability – This is a fast selling maple so the supply is limited.
The first photo shows spring color. The remaining photos show summer and fall color. All photos taken here at the nursery.
1 Gallon, 2 Gallon, 3 Gallon
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