Acer japonicum Fairy Lights is captivating with it large highly dissected leaves and relatively short stature. Japonicum type maples have some of the best fall color like Acer japonicum ‘Aconitifolium’ also know as the Dancing Peacock maple. Fairy Lights is a slow-growing upright maple with highly dissected leaves that emerge in shades of light-to-deep green. In the fall the leaves glow with gold and scarlet.
Acer japonicum Fairy Lights’ foliage is more finely cut than A. j. Green Cascade. This maple can handle sun to partial shade in well drained soil. Especially, awesome with seeds known as samaras in the fall. Estimated to grow to about 5′ tall and 5′ wide in 10 years if left unattended and not pruned or staked. Once established this cultivar is hardy to -20 degrees, USDA zone 5.
I would like to remind my customers that one or two branches shooting out two or three feet beyond the normal shape of the maple is not a good look. Don’t let a branch get that long before you prune off 50% of it. The energy of the maple is being wasted and with pruning the new growth can be balanced in the direction you want it to grow. For more information please see Pruning 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.I also recommend you join the Maple Society North American Branch both are free to join – you just have to be a Facebook member. The contributors to the groups have a wealth of experience and post many photos.
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The photos show spring, summer and fall leaf color.