Acer palmatum Amagi shigure is a new cultivar from Japan that has become one of my new favorites. I have had this beauty for a little more than two years. The growth habit is nice and open more like a tree than a shrub and and the color throughout the growing season is amazing. Although, my description of this maple cannot do it justice. The spring growth is fuchsia or a pink-purple color. The reticulated leaves have dark green veins and edges, which almost look black.

The spring color holds well during the summer and does not fade [at least not in my climate zone 8.] The color is so unique that it easily stands apart from other maples with similar coloration such as Purple Ghost and Olsen’s Frosted Strawberry. Amagi shigure has a moderate growth rate and becomes a small tree which shows off the color to the maximum. This graceful growth habit accentuates this cultivar in the garden. In the fall the fuchsia color darkens to a purple red.

In 10 years the estimated height is 6′ with a width of about 4′. Once established this cultivar is hardy to -20 degrees – USDA Zone 5.  A true collector’s must.

Limited availability because it is still rather new. I am buying babies and growing them to larger sizes.

Photos courtesy of Buchholz Nursery.