Acer shirasawanum Sensu in the spring shows leaves variegated from light green to gold to bronze. Summer color is green, gold and light orange changing to pumpkin orange in the fall and then crimson red. Sensu is a Full Moon maple in the same family as Aureum, Autumn Moon, Moonrise and Kawaii. The name Sensu in Japanese means ‘moving fan’ which describes the fan-like leaves as they blow in the wind.
Acer shirasawanum Sensu can handle full sun to partial shade and grows gracefully into a tree of about 6′ tall in 10 years. A sunnier location guarantees the best leaf color from spring to fall and makes Sensu coveted by maple lovers. Overall Sensu has a compact shape that makes it n excellent choice for a smaller, sunny area. Sensu was developed by Talon for his Flora Wonder ™ Collection at Buchholz Nursery. Once established 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.
Limited availability – Sensu is in high demand and the larger sizes sell out quickly. One and two gallon size containers will be available April/May 2021.
The first photo shows the summer color. The second photo is a close-up of summer leaves and the last photo shows the Sensu in my display garden toward the end of fall color.