Acer palmatum Geisha Gone Wild is a variegated maple with dominant fuchsia pink leaves in the spring. This stunning color lasts well into late summer before fading. A new flush of growth happens in late July/August and once again exhibits the strong fuchsia pink color. Fall color is an outstanding crimson red. As with other colored maples sunshine is important for bringing out the color in the leaves. It is the photosynthesis from sunlight that brings out the color. This is especially true in the summer. Green leaf cultivars do not need the sun like those with pink, red, yellow or white leaves.
Acer palmatum Geisha Gone Wild was propagated by Talon at Buchholz Nurseryfrom a sport developed on an import from New Zealand – Acer palmatum Geisha. GGW is more tolerant of growing conditions and is a faster, more vigorous growing maple than Geisha. The North American Branch of the Maple Society selected Geisha Gone Wild as the 2021 Maple of the Year.
Pruning is an important part in determining the shape of your maple. Do you want it shrub-like or more upright like a tree. Please see Pruning Japanese Maplesfor more information.
This dwarf maple may reach 6-7′ in 10 years. It is cold tolerant to -20 degrees, USDA Zone 5 once established in the ground. Container grown maples must be protected in the coldest winter months. The best protection is to move them to an unheated greenhouse when temps dip into the low 20s.
As with Geisha this off-shoot has an odd habit of showing a dark green blemish on the leaves in a random fashion. This is just part of the character of Geisha and Geisha Gone Wild and not an ugly maple wart, even if it looks like one.
Limited availability – Geisha Gone Wild is a favorite of collectors so we are often sold out and as of April 26th we are sold out.
The photos are of the Geisha Gone Wild maple off our back deck in the display garden during the spring. The last photo shows the nursery behind it.