Acer palmatum Peve Multicolor is another cultivar developed in The Netherlands – others include Peve Stanley, Peve Dave, and of course Peve Starfish. I love all the Peve’s but my two favorites are Multicolor and Starfish. Both are in my top 20 favorite JMs.
Peve Multicolor is a dwarf maple with thin branches and a bushy upright form. The leaves are somewhat smaller than most palmatum maples with five serrated and pointed lobes. Some of the leaves are reticulated and some are not. You never know what look your Peve Multicolor will show from one year to another – which, in adds to the fun. Foliage is green, frosted with pink and white and sometimes a yellow tint. Fall color is scarlet red. This maple prefers morning sun with shade in the afternoon in well-drained soil. If clay is a problem, please mound the area so that the roots stay above the clay – see Mounding Japanese Maples. I have encountered many maple enthusiasts who explained to me how they dug a huge hole in the clay and filled it in with good soil amendments. I then have to diminish their enthusiasm by explaining that they just made a big bathtub and that water will fill in the tub and drown their maple. Maybe not the first year, but it will definitely happen because clay is non-porous. For more information see Planting Japanese Maples. Estimated to be 6′ tall x 3′ wide in 10 years. Once established hardy to -20 degrees, USDA zone 5.
Acer palmatum Peve Multicolor will give you variations in the summer leaf color. If large areas of solid green leaves appear it usually indicates too much fertilizer and/or water. For more information see Care and Maintenance of Japanese Maples. Pruning is recommended to shape a maple like Peve Multicolor or any other maple that has a lot of foliage. For more information see Pruning Japanese Maples.
The first photo shows the white leaves in the spring. The remaining photos are courtesy of Buchholz Nursery.