Sherwood Elfin is considered a dwarf Japanese maple only reaching 4-5′ in 10 years and about 6′ at maturity. A dwarf red leaf cultivar the new growth is hot pink-red. As the leaves age they lose the hot pink and are just reddish. In late summer they are dark burgundy-red before turning to fire engine red in the fall. This maple can handle the full hot sun when planted in the ground. But it is also suitable for the sun in a patio container.

Sherwood Elfin is a slow growing cultivar that is easy to grow and makes a wonderful addition to a sunny garden. It is considered rare and hard to find in local garden centers and nurseries. Hopefully, one day this robust maple will be more widely known. Once established this maple is hardy to -20 degrees, climate zone 5.

Photos courtesy of Buchholz Nursery.