Acer palmatum Miwa is a medium sized upright with light green leaves in the spring. The light green leaves can have a rose blush overtone which transitions to yellow and gold with hints of scarlet red in the fall. The leaves have visible veins which is known as reticulation. This is a lovely, soft flowing maple – whose name in Japanese the name means ‘graceful beauty’.
Miwa is often confused with Tiger Rose, a cultivar that also has light green reticulated leaves in the spring. It is hard to choose between the two as both are lovely and both grow in a vase shape. The ‘V’ structure necessitates that branches that cross between the two or three largest limbs are removed. Removing these branches allows for air flow and prevents the build up of dead leaves that can clog the space. All Japanese Maple require some pruning to form the structure of the tree and to remove dead branches. For more information see Pruning Japanese Maples.
Acer palmatum Miwa prefers sun until early afternoon and shade after 2:00 pm in the summer. In the hottest climates only morning sun is recommended. Once established this cultivar can reach 6-8′ in 10 years and is hardy to -20, USDA zone 5. For more information please see Care 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 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 is courtesy of Buchholz Nursery and shows the spring leaves with flowers. The second and third photos show the transition to fall color and were taken here at the Nursery. Miwa was discovered and introduced by Buchholz Nursery as part of their Flora Wonder ™ Collection.