Acer palmatum Geisha Gone Wild was developed by Talon at Buchholz Nursery. However, the mother maple, Geisha has been around for a number of years and is listed in J.D. Vertrees book Japanese Maples, 2nd edition.  Initially from New Zealand and imported by Talon Buchholz n Oregon. A sport from Geisha flourished and was propagated by Talon and named Geisha Gone Wild. Nearly identical to another sport propagated by Duncan and Davies in New Zealand named Shirazz. Ask me what a ‘sport’ is?

This cultivar, though similar to Geisha in color is more tolerant of growing conditions and is a faster, more vigorous growing maple. Hot pink spring growth lasts well into the summer before fading in the summer sun.  A new flush of growth happens in late July/August and once again exhibits the strong fuchsia pink color. Fall color is an outstanding crimson red.

As with Geisha this off-shoot has an odd habit of showing a dark green blemish on the leaves in a random fashion. This is just part of the character of Geisha and Geisha Gone Wild and not an ugly maple wart, even if it looks like one.  Once established this cultivar is hardy to USDA zone 5.  Geisha GW is a favorite of collectors so we are often sold out. I am pleased to have a larger supply for spring 2019.

The photos are of the Geisha Gone Wild maple, off our back deck in the display garden during the spring. The last maple has the nursery behind it.