Acer palmatum Geisha Gone Wild is a variegated maple with dominant hot-pink leaves in the spring that lasts well into late summer before fading. As with other colored maples sunshine is important for bringing out the color in the leaves. This is a dwarf maple reaching 6-7′ in 10 years and growing in the common vase shape. GGW was propragated by Talon at Buchholz Nurseryfrom a sport developed on an import from New Zealand – Acer palmatum Geisha.
Acer palmatum Geisha Gone Wild is more tolerant of growing conditions and is a faster, more vigorous growing maple than Geisha. Hot pink spring leaves with cream colored variegation lasts well into late summer before fading. A new flush of growth happens in late July/August and once again exhibits the strong fuchsia pink color. Fall color is an outstanding crimson red.
As with Geisha this off-shoot has an odd habit of showing a dark green blemish on the leaves in a random fashion. This is just part of the character of Geisha and Geisha Gone Wild and not an ugly maple wart, even if it looks like one. Once established this cultivar is hardy to USDA zone 5. Geisha Gone Wild is a favorite of collectors so we are often sold out. I am pleased to have a supply of 1 gallons available late June/July 2020.
The photos are of the Geisha Gone Wild maple, off our back deck in the display garden during the spring. The last photo shows the nursery behind it.