Acer palmatum Ikandi is an upright, dwarf Japanese Maple with leaves that have variegated pink-red stripes in the spring. It is a chance seedling discovery by Buchholz Nursery from of Acer palmatum Alpenweiss. However, unlike its parent the leaves are larger and the color is more vivid. In summer the foliage changes to green with pale white stripes. Fall color is pink to scarlet.
The name is pronounced ‘eye candy’ – and like any Japanese Maple some pruning is necessary to form the structure of the tree and to remove dead branches. Pruning is acceptable any time of the year however, late fall or early spring before the buds form is the best time. With leaves gone it is easy to see the branches and overall structure of the maple. For more tips seePruning Japanese Maples.
Acer palmatum Ikandi is a variegated maple that prefers morning and afternoon sun until about 3:00 pm in the summer. Too much shade and they color fades and often the leaves just turn green without any variegation. Fertilizer is not needed when maples are planted in the ground. For container grown maples only fertilize once in the spring with a slow release fertilizer like Apex or Osmocote. Over fertilizing any Japanese Maple may cause colored leaves to turn green and this is especially true for variegated maples likeUkigumo and Ikandi. Ikandi has a tendency to revert like Butterfly and Beni schichihenge. Reverting can not be predicted and it is just plain unlucky when it happens. Pruning out the non-variegated leaves is recommended, but it may not stop the problem. For more information see Care and Maintenance of Japanese Maples. The estimated height in 10 years is 7′ tall by 4′ wide. Once established hardy to -10 degrees – USDA zone 6.
The photo shown is from one of the Ikandi maples in my inventory. Discovered and introduced by the Flora Wonder ™ Collection at Buchholz Nursery.