Acer palmatum Japanese Princess


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Acer palmatum Japanese Princess should be on your ‘bucket list’ if you are a maple-holic.

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Acer palmatum Japanese Princess is a beautiful dwarf maple with hot-pink spring color. In late spring the color changes to a light green with some tints of pink. In the summer months she is light green or yellow-green.  Fall color begins dark pink and ends in crimson red. This little cutie is from a Mikawa yatsubusa parent – a priceless jewel to be treasured because she has some of Mikawa’s trunk and leaf structure.  

Her leaves overlap each other and form tight bunches. One of the special characteristics of this maple is the tight leaf clumps on branches that seem to layer to form a natural bonsai shape.  Japanese Princess may reach 4′ high and wide in 10 years. Mayday is another new maple from a Mikawa yatsubusa parent. This one is also breathtaking.

Acer palmatum Japanese Princess is a small distinctive maple best enjoyed in a distinctive container placed on a patio or deck. However, container grown maples are not limited in their placement. A container grown Japanese Princess would be a perfect focal point in a small Japanese style garden or near a Koi pond.  Once established this maple is hardy to – 10 degrees – USDA Zone 6.   Japanese Princess and Mayday were discovered and introduced by Talon at Buchholz Nursery for his Flora Wonder ™ Collection. 

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.  This is what I value the most – learning about variations of growth, leaf size and color in different sections of the USA and around the world. I often participate in the discussions.

Limited Availability – Japanese Princess is always in high demand. Sold out of 1 gallons.

The first photo shows late spring growth in June. The second photo shows fall color.

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1 Gallon, 2 Gallon, 3 Gallon

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