Acer palmatum Tiger Rose has distinctive light green reticulated leaves in the spring which sometimes show a rose blush. Tiger Rose was found by Dr. Bump of Forest Grove, Oregon and named after his wife Rose because of the pink overtones. Summer color is light green with dark green veins. When the veins are visible this feature is called reticulation. The leaves are somewhat dissected which makes them look more lacy with pendulous branches that sway in the wind. In most years this maple shows flowers which become samaras. The abundance of the samaras adds the look of small ornaments hanging in the wind and provides another dimension to the overall lovely look of this cultivar.
Acer palmatum Tiger Rose is a very nice maple for a smaller garden with partial shade in the afternoon. It is a medium sized maple with a vase growth habit or V shape which is very common among Japanese maples. Slow growing and very graceful some pruning is necessary to define the V shape and remove interior branches that cross in-between the two main trunks. For more information please see Pruning Japanese Maples.
As with other variegated and light colored maples, some shade in hot afternoon sun is necessary. Tiger Rose may reach a height of 6-8′ in 10 years. Maximum height is 10′ tall and about 7′ across with a slightly pendulous habit. 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 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.
The first photo shows summer color. The second photo shows early spring color and the pink blush followed by a photo of the beautiful samaras. The last photo shows fall color. The last two photos are courtesy of Buchholz Nursery.