Acer palmatum Amber Ghost

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Acer palmatum Amber Ghost


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Amber Ghost has reticulated leaves with variegated color from amber and lavender to purple-red turning crimson in the fall.

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Acer palmatum Amber Ghost is a dwarf maple with variegated leaves that vary in color from amber to green and lavender to purple-red. Fall color is fantastic crimson red. This is a medium size tree that may reach 7-8′ in 10 years. The veins are visible on this maple as they are all the cultivars in the ‘Ghost Family developed by Talon for his Flora Wonder ™ Collection at Buchholz Nursery. A distinguishing feature of Amber Ghost is the purple color of new bark which separates it from another cultivar believed to be the parent – Aka shigitatsu sawa.  

Acer palmatum Amber Ghost like most other variegated maples requires  some shade in hot afternoon sun.  However, I decided to test the need for shade in the afternoon. So I planted an Amber Ghost in full sun and the result was that it was not happy. The leaves became green and huge and the branches drooped so significantly pruning was needed. After the 3rd year I removed it from that location and found a place in partial shade – now it is happy. For more information about trimming and training your maples, please see Pruning Japanese Maples and Care and Maintenance of Japanese Maples.

This cultivar is highly desired for a smaller partial shade garden. Placement in either a Northern or Eastern location with morning sun would add color and interest to your garden. For darker red colors sunshine until early afternoon is necessary. For lighter tones like lavender sunshine until 11:00 am or noon is better.  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 and the contributors to the group have a wealth of experience and lots of photos. Discussions include questions from A to Z. 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. 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.

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The first photo shows summer leaf color. The second photo shows a close-up of spring color. Both photos taken in a location with afternoon shade.

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