Acer palmatum Sister Ghost is my favorite ‘Ghost’ maple. A dwarf maple with spring color that has whitish-green leaves with dark green veins. This feature of visible veins is known as ‘reticulation’.  The leaves are deeply dissected giving them a soft feathery look. In the summer months the leaves can show tints of pink and yellow with the underneath leaves becoming more green. As with other light colored maples morning sun and afternoon shade is preferred.

The primary photo shows the beginning of fall color in a shady location. However, when Sister Ghost receives more sunlight the fall color is yellow-gold turning to orange. When grown in more shade the transition in the fall is from pink to crimson. A very nice addition to the ghost maple series. When established this maple is hardy to -20 degrees, zone 5.

Sister Ghost like other Japanese maples benefits from some pruning to shape the tree, as well as removing any dead branches. For more information see Pruning Japanese Maples.

All of the photos were taken at the nursery. One of my display Sister Ghost maples is shown in the primary photo in September – the beginning of fall color in a shady location. The next photo is a close-up of the leaves in the spring followed by the change to fall color – pink. The last photo shows the change to orange fall color from a sunnier location.