Acer palmatum ‘Peve Starfish’ is a unique Japanese Maple with leaves that resemble a ‘starfish’. Hot pink in the spring, purple in the summer and hot pink to crimson in the fall. Dark red bark that holds color year-round adds winter interest. This is a wonderful new maple for my nursery and I must admit I have fallen for this cutie. With the name ‘Peve’ you know it was developed and introduced in the Netherlands. This is a really fun maple – unique I would say. Peve Starfish is described on some websites as an upright maple with a broad stocky form – which I can’t quite picture in my head when I look at this clever maple.
In the spring – pink-red downward curving leaves resemble a starfish. Summer color is a dark purple that changes in the fall to an intense pink-red again all the while keeping the starfish look. This quirky and distinct maple delights all who see it. So unusual most people don’t believe it is a Japanese Maple – well it is! Be the first one in your area to own such a unique maple.
Acer palmatum ‘Peve Starfish’ can handle sun to partial shade in well-drained soil. This maple is estimated to grow up to 9-10′ tall in 10 years without any pruning. However, I recommend pruning to shape maples and to keep them to the desired size. For more information please see Pruning Japanese Maples. Starfish is also hardy to -20 degrees, USDA zone 5. For more information on growing Japanese 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 and the contributors to the group have a wealth of experience and lots of 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.
First photo shows the unique leaves of Peve Starfish in the spring. The remaining photos shows summer color.