Acer palmatum Ikandi

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Acer palmatum Ikandi


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Acer palmatum Ikandi is a unique and beautiful maple for any garden.

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Acer palmatum Ikandi is an upright, dwarf Japanese Maple with leaves that have variegated pink-red stripes in the spring. It is a chance seedling discovery by Buchholz Nursery from of Acer palmatum Alpenweiss. However, unlike its parent the leaves are larger and the color is more vivid. In summer the foliage changes to green with pale white stripes. Fall color is pink to scarlet.   

The name is pronounced ‘eye candy’ – and like any Japanese Maple some pruning is necessary to form the structure of the tree and to remove dead branches. Pruning is acceptable any time of the year however, late fall or early spring before the buds form is the best time. With leaves gone it is easy to see the branches and overall structure of the maple. For more tips see Pruning Japanese Maples.

Acer palmatum Ikandi is a variegated maple that prefers morning and afternoon sun until about 3:00 pm in the summer. Too much shade and they color fades and often the leaves just turn green without any variegation. Fertilizer is another important factor to remember. Japanese Maples do not like much fertilizer unless grown in a container. In the ground they get all they need from nature. Over fertilizing any Japanese Maple may cause colored leaves to turn green and this is especially true for variegated maples like Ukigumo and Ikandi. I recommend fertilizing only once a year in the spring with a slow release fertilizer. For more information see Care and Maintenance of Japanese Maples. The estimated height in 10 years is 7′ tall  by 4′ wide. Once established hardy to -10 degrees – USDA zone 6.

Very rare and limited availability.

The photo shown is from one of the Ikandi maples in my inventory.  Discovered and introduced by the Flora Wonder ™ Collection at Buchholz Nursery.

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