Acer palmatum Phoenix is in the group of maples with awesome pink or red/pink new growth in the spring. The leaf color evolves to light green for the summer before a crimson red display in the fall. However, Phoenix adds one new element during the spring – yellow veins are visible in the leaves. The ability to see the veins is known as reticulation. Additionally, Phoenix has red bark on new growth. Other maples with new pink leaves include Corallinum,Kawahara Rose,and Beni maiko [available spring 2021].
Phoenix is an upright maple in a bushy form. A shrubby maple with irregular growth and may reach about 5′ tall and 3′ wide in 10 years. A high-heat tolerant maple likes the the sun even during those hot afternoon summer days. It is a perfect dwarf for the hot spot that cooks nearly everything else you have tried. With one reminder – you may get some leaf burning during the first summer because the roots have yet to be established. Use SuperThrive as recommended to help the roots get established sooner. Phoenix is also suitable for a container in the sun.
When planting Phoenix make sure the soil is well-drained, if clay is the problem, the maple should be mounded to keep the roots above the soggy soil or you can grow the maple in a container. If you spend a little more time up front in the planting phase you will be rewarded with a happy and healthy maple for many years. SeePlanting Japanese Maples for more information. Once established this maple is hardy to -20 degrees – USDA Zone 5.
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Limited Availability – 1 gallon size Phoenix maples will be available June 2021.
Photo from my nursery showing the wonderful spring color.