Japanese maple

Acer palmatum 'Butterfly'

Japanese maple - Acer palmatum 'Butterfly'

Common Name: Japanese maple
Genus: Acer
Species: palmatum
Cultivar: 'Butterfly'

The Latin translation of the word Acer refers to the texture and strength of the wood that plants in this Genus produce. Palmatum is a reference to the hand shaped leaves.

Category: Trees
Growth Rate: Slow growing
Features: Has interesting foliage, Suitable for growing in containers

Hardiness: HardyHeight: 3.00 m (300 cm)
Sun/Shade: Partial shadeSpread: 1.50 m (150 cm)

Foliage Type: DeciduousFlower Colour: Purple, Red
Foliage Colour: Green, Grey/Silver, Variegated, PinkFlowering Period: April & May

Soil Type: Sandy/Light or Acidic
Ericaceous: Requires a neutral or acid soil (or ericaceous compost), with a pH of 7 or below
Soil Moisture: Moist, but well drained

  • Other features: red winged fruit in late summer

Masses of tiny red spring flowers contrasting beautifully against delicate grey-green leaves with slender white and shrimp-pink margins. This compact upright Japanese maple is an ideal specimen tree for a small garden. It is best grown in partial shade since the exquisite variegated foliage scorches in full sun.

  • Garden care: Add a top dressing of a multi-purpose fertiliser around the base of the plant in late spring. No routine pruning is required just remove any dead, damaged or crossing branches in late autumn or winter when they are fully dormant.


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