The above photo shows an 8 year old Toyama nishiki growing in our shade garden.
This beautiful little tree is in the variegated category for Japanese Maples. In the dissectum group JMs have lacy leaves and are known as the weeping form of a Japanese Maple. Toyama nishiki is an exceptionally lacy and slow-growing variegated maple – the leaves are a mixture of green, pink and cream. Morning sun and afternoon shade is the best to display the color varigation. This smaller and slow growing lace leaf can provide a focal point of color in a shady garden. Height and width in 10 years is about 4′.
This somewhat rare and unusual lace leaf maple displays gold, orange, and red tones in the fall. Once established this cultivar is hardy to USDA zone 6.