Acer palmatum Beni maiko is a upright maple with pink-red new growth. In the spring the hot pink-red color is dominant and slowly evolves to a light green during the summer. The colorful transition of the leaves is quite lovely. Beni maiko continues to show stunning pink-red new growth throughout the summer. Fall color is crimson red. The name in Japanese means ‘Red Haired Dancing Girl’. The other cultivars with a similar color pattern are Kawahara Rose, Hino tori nishiki, Akaji nishiki, Phoenix, and Corallinum.Beni maiko may reach 9 – 10′ tall in 10 years.
Acer palmatum Beni maiko is a relatively fast growing cultivar that forms a nice shade canopy. This desirable shape is helped by a little pruning. Removing lower branches helps establish the structure if you want a shade tree; therefore, the terminal branches growing straight up should not be pruned, unless you want to restrict height. For more information please see Pruning Japanese Maples. Once established this cultivar is hardy to -20 degrees, 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.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.
Limited Availability – This is a fast selling maple.
The first photo shows spring color as of April. The second photo shows spring color in May and the third photo shows the transition from pink-red to light green in early summer. First two photos courtesy of Buchholz Nursery.