Acer palmatum Beni maiko is a upright maple with hot pink-red new growth. In the spring the hot pink-red color is dominant and slowly evolves to a light green during the summer. The colorful transition of the leaves is quite lovely. Fall color is crimson red. The name in Japanese means ‘Red Haired Dancing Girl’. The other cultivars, with the same color pattern, that I offer for sale are Kawahara Rose, Hino tori nishiki, Akaji nishiki, Phoenix, and Corallinum.
Acer palmatum Beni maiko is a relatively fast growing cultivar that forms a nice shade canopy. This desirable shape is helped by a little pruning. I would like to remind my customers that one or two branches shooting out 3′ beyond the maple’s perimeter is not a good look. Don’t let a branch get that long before you prune. 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. The exception for larger trees is that the terminal branches growing straight up should not be pruned, unless you want to restrict height. 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 – 2 and 3 gallon sizes will be available April/May 2021. This is a fast selling maple.
The first photo shows spring color as of April. The second photo shows spring color in May and the third photo shows the transition from pink-red to light green in early summer. First two photos courtesy of Buchholz Nursery.