Acer palmatum Hino tori nishiki is a ‘Firebird’ in color – ever changing from dark pink to yellow and light orange. Evolving to light green for summer and then new color hints of pink and yellow until fall when the colors darken.
Acer palmatum Hino tori nishiki has leaves that are dark pink in the spring. The name in Japanese means ‘Firebird’ and the photos do not capture the beauty of this Japanese Maple. The dark pink gradually fades to a combination of light pink and light orange with yellow tints – very stunning. Gradually the leaves change to light green and fall color is pink to orange to crimson. As with other maples with spring leaves that are pink – Corallinum, Shindeshojo, Kawahara Rose, and Phoenix – the strong pink spring color is dramatic and in high demand.
Hino tori nishiki is variegated throughout the growing season. Subtle and dramatic changes in color draw the visitor’s attention to this magnificent Japanese Maple. I saw my first Hino 4 years ago and I have been trying to get more ever since. Since I do not graft I have to rely on my wholesale nursery for my inventory. This year I was fortunate to receive a few. The growth habit is upright and height may reach 10′ in 10 years.As with any new cultivar the branching must be studied and pruned to find the most optimal form. I am selectively pruning to help us identify the best shape – shrub or tree. Once established hardy to -20, 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 and the contributors to the group have a wealth of experience and lots of photos. No question is dumb – you will not be criticized for lack of knowledge, rather you will get a variety of opinions from all over the country. 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 – I have only a few of these amazing maples and when they are gone I do not know when or if I can get anymore.
The first photo shows the strong pink color of new growth. The second and third photos show the change to light orange, pink and yellow and to summer green. The last photo shows the Hino in my display garden evolving to fall color.