Acer palmatum Lileeanne’s Jewel is a lovely, variegated dwarf cultivar. Light colored burgundy leaves are splashed with pink, lavender and white colors. The fall color is scarlet red with pink highlights. Variegated maples require sunlight to display their color. Morning sunlight up to 1-2:00 pm is best. Without 4-5 hours of sunlight the leaves lose the color and begin to turn green. This is known as greening out.
Lileeanne’s Jewel is a moderate growing maple reaching 5-6′ tall in about 10 years. It grows in the classic ‘V’ shape. This structure is more open and allows the wind to blow through. Pruning is needed for all Japanese Maples to keep them looking their best. Smaller branches that cross between the main trunks in the ‘V’ should be removed to allow for air flow, as well as preventing the build up of dead leaves. The blockage of dead leaves can increase the chance of snow build-up and broken branches. Additionally, long limbs of new growth that extend 2-3′ beyond the outline of the remaining branches should be pruned to keep the maple in balance. For more information please seePruning Japanese Maples.Once established this cultivar is hardy to -20 degrees – USDA Zone 5. For information on the proper way to care for your maples, please seeCare and Maintenance of Japanese Maples.
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 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 will have some 1 and 3 gallon Lileeanne’s Jewel in the summer of 2021.
The first photo shows the wonderful variegation of this jewel and was taken here at the nursery. The remaining photos are courtesy of Buchholz Nursery.