Acer palmatum Mikazuki was developed by Buchholz Nursery. The name in Japanese means ‘crescent moon’ which reflects the curvature of the leaves. Spring color is an incredible bright pink fading to a lighter pinkish white in the summer with a bronze overtone. The bright pink leaves are a wonderful contrast to the green color of the bark. Fall color is a combination of orange and pink tones. This maple has a moderate growth rate and has a very nice shape, if properly pruned. This is my chance to remind you again that a branch shooting out 4′ is not a good look. Don’t let them get that long before you prune off 90% of it. The energy of the maple is being wasted and with pruning the new growth can be balanced in the direction you want. For more information please see Pruning Japanese Maples.

Considered a dwarf the height and width in 10 years may be 6′ tall and 5′ wide. I like to keep my Mikazuki pruned to form a tight shrub so that it fits the space. Mikazuki is still a relatively unknown maple in most retail nurseries, but once you see it – especially in the spring you have to have one. At least that is what I did.  Once established this cultivar is hardy to USDA zone 5.

The first photo shows the Mikazuki in front of my deck. The remaining photos show summer and fall color.