Acer palmatum Chantilly Lace is a rare variegated lace leaf weeping maple with very fine leaves. Spring growth is a variegated green with pink and red tints. In summer the leaves on top change to light pink with a crimson finish in the fall. As with all lace leaf maples only the outside leaves that reach the sun are colored – the leaves underneath are green. The reason is simple. Photosynthesis adds the colors to the leaves. The overall shape is soft and lacy looking for 6 months a year in ever changing colors. Chantilly Lace is a lovely maple for a waterfall or pond setting and can be grown in a container on a patio or deck.
This maple prefers mostly sun, but may need some protection from the hot afternoon sun in areas where the temperatures stay in the 90s and 100s. If you are going to grow this maple in a container then you will need afternoon shade as containers allow the roots to get hotter in the summer and colder in the winter.
Acer palmatum Chantilly Lace is a slow growing lace leaf maple may reach 4′ tall and wide in 10 years. As with all lace leaf weepers pruning is essential to enhance its overall structure. For more information see Pruning Japanese Maples. Once established this maple is hardy to -10 degrees, USDA zone 6.
I like to do tests with my maples for suitability to sun and/or shade areas so I can provide better information to my customers. I planted a Chantilly Lace maple, grafted high on standard, in a full sun location. After 7 years I can report that full sun is not a problem with adequate water – which consists for me of letting a hose run slowly on top of the root ball. I do not have a sprinkler system for most of my maples in the display areas. Using the hose and watering deeply keeps the roots from coming to the surface, as with a sprinkler system, as well as helping the maple through hot days. Of course I mulch all of my maples with fir bark for added protection. See Care and Maintenance of Japanese Maples for more information.
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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Photos show my Chantilly Lace grown in full sun during the month of July. Next photo is the same maple in fall color. The last photo shows the variegated leaves during summer.