Acer palmatum Anne Irene is a new exciting cultivar for my nursery. This yellow beauty has red margins on the leaves in the spring. Summer color varies from yellow to yellow-green depending upon the amount of shade. Fall color is stunning gold. Morning sun with afternoon shade is a must. In areas of the country where summer time temps are consistently 100 degrees – you should plant in mostly shade with only a little morning sun or dappled sun to prevent the leaves from burning. Customers who live in these zones are most likely aware of this restriction. For more information see Care and Maintenance of Japanese Maples.Once established in the ground this maple is hardy to -20 degrees – USDA zone 5.
Acer palmatum Anne Irene is a moderate growing upright that may reach 8′ tall and 5′ wide in 10 years. It has a slender growth habit that is ideal for a smaller shady garden location. This yellow beauty is rare in the leaf color world of Japanese Maples. There are many green, red and variegated maples, but very few yellow cultivars. Anne Irene stands out as a spectacular specimen with its neat, slender shape that would make any maple collector smile.
Anne Irene, like all other maples requires good drainage with the right amount of sun and shade. Japanese Maples are special and unique trees and dwarf trees. They vary in shape, size, color and needs. They are not temperamental or hard to grow, but you do need to understand their differences. Learning about the do’s and don’ts for different cultivars is the key. For this reason, if you want to have a beautiful display of these versatile and beautiful trees, the more knowledge you have of individual cultivars, the better the result of your efforts.
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 group have a wealth of experience and post many photos.