Acer palmatum Japanese Princess

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Acer palmatum Japanese Princess


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Acer palmatum Japanese Princess should be on your ‘bucket list’ if you are a maple-holic.

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Acer palmatum Japanese Princess is a beautiful dwarf maple with hot-pink spring color. In late spring the color changes to a light green with some tints of pink. In the summer months she is light green or yellow-green.  Fall color begins dark pink and ends in crimson red. This little cutie is from a Mikawa yatsubusa parent – a priceless jewel to be treasured because she has some of Mikawa’s trunk and leaf structure.  

Her leaves overlap each other and form tight bunches. One of the special characteristics of this maple is the tight leaf clumps on branches that seem to layer to form a natural bonsai shape.  Japanese Princess may reach 4′ high and wide in 10 years. Because she is slow growing I recommend planting in a container for protection while she is small. Mayday is another new maple from a Mikawa yatsubusa parent. This one is also breathtaking.

Acer palmatum Japanese Princess is a small distinctive maple best enjoyed in a container placed on a patio or deck. However, container grown maples are not limited in their placement. A container grown Japanese Princess would be a perfect focal point in a small Japanese style garden or near a Koi pond.  Once established this maple is hardy to – 10 degrees – USDA Zone 6.   Japanese Princess and Mayday were discovered and introduced by Talon at Buchholz Nursery for his Flora Wonder ™ Collection. 

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.  No question to the group 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.

The first photo shows early spring color for this little cutie courtesy of Buchholz Nursery. The second photo shows the change from pink to light green in summer. The last photo shows fall color.

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