Acer palmatum dissectum Hana matoi is a rare variegated lace leaf weeping maple with very fine leaves. Strong pink, cream and green leaves are more defined than those of Toyama nishiki which may be its parent. As an added bonus the new bark is yellow. The yellow color is more dominant when the temperature is colder and it fades during the summer months. For more information please seeCare and Maintenance of Japanese Maples.
Acer palmatum dissectum Hana matoi is a strong weeper with lots of pink and cream color if grown with sufficient sun. For this reason morning sun until 1:00 pm is preferred. It is the sunshine which creates photosynthesis and brings out all the other colors besides green. I planted my Hana matoi in a location with sun until 4:00 pm which has kept it mostly pink from spring through summer. Fall color is crimson. This maple needs to be staked for height to look its best. It is a moderate grower and can reach 4′ tall with staking. A wonderful addition to a home garden or patio container. This rare and hard to find maple is hardy to -10 degrees – USDA zone 6 once established. A collector’s must.
For maple collectors or as we call ourselves maple-holics I would like to recommend a wonderful Facebook Group – Japanese Maples and Conifers. This is a group of knowledgeable maple enthusiasts with a wealth of good information and great photos. Though this is a private group – anyone who has a Facebook account is welcome to join – just ask.
The photo [May 2011] is a Hana matoi specimen in our display garden – magnificent isn’t it! The second photo shows a close-up of the leaves.