Acer palmatum Akaji nishiki is a dwarf maple with hot-pink new growth. The first photo shows this wonderful hot-pink color. In the spring the hot-pink color is dominant and slowly evolves to a light green during the summer. Fall color is crimson red. This maple is in the group of maples with pink spring color which evolves to light green in the summer. Kawahara Rose, Hino tori nishiki, Phoenix, and Corallinum are a few of the other cultivars with the same color pattern. The first two are more tree-like. Akaji nishiki, like Corallinum and Phoenix is more bushy or shrub-like. The height and width in 10 years may be 4-5′ tall and 3-4′ wide.
Acer palmatum Akaji nishiki has a slow to moderate growth rate and has a very nice shape when helped by a little pruning. I would like to remind my customers that one or two branches shooting out 2′ on a dwarf maple is not a good look. Don’t let a branch get that long before you prune off 80% of it. The energy of the maple is being wasted and with pruning the new growth can be balanced in the direction you want it to grow. For more information please see Pruning Japanese Maples. Once established this cultivar is hardy to -20 degrees, USDA zone 5.
If you love Japanese Maples as much as I do, you can learn more about these amazing trees by joining the Facebook Group – Japanese Maples and Conifers.It is free to join – you just have to be a Facebook member.The contributors to the group have a wealth of experience and post many photos. This is what I value the most – learning about variations of growth, leaf size and color in different sections of the USA and around the world. I often participate in the discussions.
Limited Availability – This is a fast selling maple so the supply is very limited. The 1 gallon maples currently in stock were repotted this fall and will not be shipped until late April or early May.
The first photo shows spring color as of April. The other photos show spring, summer and fall color. All photos taken here at the nursery.