Acer palmatum Celebration is a fuchsia-pink cultivar with reticulated leaves. The incredible spring color changes to a purple-bronze in summer before evolving to crimson red. Morning sun with afternoon shade is preferred. In areas of the country where summer time temps are consistently 100 degrees – you should plant in a shadier location 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 Celebration is a new cultivar for my nursery and it has a beautiful color similar to Amagi shigurein the spring. It is a moderate growing upright that may reach 10′ tall and 7′ wide in 10 years. It has a broad canopy providing some shade for under planting. In comparison, Amagi shigure grows slower and narrower and would be a better choice for a smaller location.
Good drainage with the right amount of sun and shade is very important for all Japanese Maples. To compare Amagi shigure with Celebration the most important variable is water and drainage. Faster growing maples need more water than slower growing dwarf cultivars. You would not water these two maples at the same rate, especially in a container. Smaller maples have smaller root balls and less leaves so they do not need as much water as their faster and larger growing cousins. Japanese Maples are not temperamental or hard to grow. 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, 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.It is 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.
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Photos courtesy of Buchholz Nursery showing spring color. Morning sun with afternoon shade.