Acer palmatum Phoenix

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Acer palmatum Phoenix


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Acer palmatum Phoenix has spectacular spring color – hot pink and it loves the sun.

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Acer palmatum Phoenix is in the group of maples that have awesome pink or red/pink new growth in the spring. Then the color in the leaves evolves to light green for the summer. These same maples provide a spectacular crimson red display in the fall before losing their leaves.  However, Phoenix adds one new element during the spring – yellow veins are visible in the leaves. The ability to see the veins is known as reticulation. Additionally, Phoenix has red bark on new growth. Other maples with new pink leaves include CorallinumKawahara Rose, and Beni maiko [available spring 2020].

Acer palmatum Phoenix is an upright maple in a bushy form. This shrubby maple has moderate growth and may reach about 5′ tall and 3′ wide in 10 years.  This maple likes the the sun and the heat it creates – even during those hot afternoon summer days Phoenix holds up well. It is a perfect dwarf for the hot spot that cooks nearly everything else you have tried.  With one reminder – you may get some leaf burning during the first summer because the roots have yet to be established. Use SuperThrive as recommended to help the roots get established sooner. Phoenix is also suitable for a container in the sun. 

Soil should be well-drained, if clay is the problem, the maple should be mounded to keep the roots above the soggy soil. If you spend a little more time up front in the planting phase you will be rewarded with a happy and healthy maple for many years.  See Planting Japanese Maples for more information. Once established this maple is hardy to -20 degrees – USDA Zone 5. 

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Limited Availability – 1 gallon size Phoenix will be available September 2020;

Photo from my nursery showing the wonderful spring color.

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1 Gallon, 2 Gallon, 3 Gallon