Acer palmatum Amber Ghost

//Acer palmatum Amber Ghost

Acer palmatum Amber Ghost


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Amber Ghost has reticulated leaves with variegated color from dark pink, amber, lavender and green turning crimson in the fall.

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Amber Ghost is another member of 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 a relative – Aka shigitatsu sawa. A small to medium sized tree with variegated reticulated leaves. The term reticulated relates to the visibility of the veins in the leaves – the primary characteristic of the ghosts. The leaves vary from amber to green and lavender to a darker purple red tone.  As with other variegated maples some shade in hot afternoon sun is recommended. As a test, I planted an Amber Ghost in full sun and it did not like it at all. 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. Fall color is crimson. For more information 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. A moderate growing maple Amber Ghost may reach 6′ high in 10 years.  Once established this cultivar is hardy to USDA zone 5.

The first photo shows a close-up of the spring leaf color. The next two photos are showing my newly replanted Amber Ghost in the spring and in the fall.

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1 Gallon, 2 Gallon, 3 Gallon


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