Acer palmatum Manyo no sato is a rare and unusual maple with purple and lime green variegated leaves in the spring. Summer color is light green which becomes tangerine orange in early fall. In a few weeks the color changes to dark orange with red tints in late fall. It is one of my favorites for the ever-changing color. Maple enthusiasts are just beginning to discover this rare and hard to find maple. Manyo has spring leaves from light to dark purple combined with lime green variegation to create a very unique look. In Japanese the name means ‘wonderful place of nature’. The lime green expands during the summer until the entire maple is no longer a dark purple color. The summer look is a light green with pink and lime tints.
This cultivar can handle full sun to partial shade and has a dense, shrub-like growth habit. The ideal growing conditions would provide for sun nearly all day long, except during hot afternoon temperatures when some shade is preferred. some sun is necessary to bring out the the purple and lime green leaves which makes this maple awesome. The bright green bark adds to the the final WOW factor of this maple.
Acer palmatum Manyo no sato is a moderate growing cultivar that may reach 7′ in 10 years and for that reason it is an excellent container plant. I am thoroughly enchanted with Manyo. What a color combination – spring, summer and fall and with beautiful smooth green bark it is definitely an eye-catcher. However, all maples need some pruning to establish their overall structure. When one or two branches grow 3-4′ farther than the rest of the branches it is time for pruning to bring the shape back into balance. For more information please see Pruning Japanese Maples. Once established this cultivar is hardy to 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. The contributors to the group have a wealth of experience and post many photos. I often participate in the discussions.
First photo shows the unique spring color which becomes more purple in late spring. The last two photos show the summer green with tints of lime and pink and finally the fall change to tangerine orange. All of the photos were taken here at the nursery.