Acer palmatum Kawahara Rose

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Acer palmatum Kawahara Rose


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Acer palmatum Kawahara Rose has fantastic pink leaves in the spring that slowly evolve to yellow and green in summer before turning crimson in the fall.

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Acer palmatum Kawahara Rose is a slow-growing dwarf maple with spring foliage that is shrimp pink. The pink color lasts for 3-4 weeks slowly evolving to yellow/light green with some pink variegation. This transition in color is can be seen in the second photo provided. If you live in an area where the summer days are moderate and the temperatures do not often top 90 degrees then you you have a wonderful climate for Japanese Maples. Kawahara Rose would then be able to handle full sun. In hotter climates, I recommend morning sun with afternoon shade after 1-2:00 pm.

Acer palmatum Kawahara Rose is a delicate looking maple with the bright pink spring color evolving to a soft light green summer color and then finishing with crimson red.  This cultivar is similar to Hino tori nishiki and Corallinum in coloration from spring to fall. Other maples in this group include Phoenix, Shin deshojo, Akaji nishiki and Beni maiko.

Like all Japanese Maples Kawahara Rose requires good drainage. Digging a hole and planting a maple in clay soil is a killer. To really enjoy your maple from spring through fall for years and years, planting in the right location with the right amount of sunlight and good drainage is important. For more information to maximize the beauty of your maples please see – Planting Japanese Maples, Care and Maintenance of Japanese Maples and  Mounding Japanese Maples, if you have clay soil.  Overall this maple may reach 7′ tall x 4′ wide in 10 years. Once established in the ground this maple is hardy to -10 degrees. USDA zone 6.

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 – Spring is the best time to display the pink leaf cultivars so they sell out early. My 2 gallon Kawahara Rose maples are in Root Pouches which are designed to be planted in the ground or another container to prevent transplant shock. The pouches are biodegradable and the roots grow through the fabric rather than circling as they do in a plastic pot.  Please read my instructions when you receive a maple that is in a root pouch for care prior to planting and also the correct method for planting.

The first photo shows the Kawahara Rose in my display garden early June. The second photo shows spring color and the last shows the transition from spring to summer color.

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1 gallon, 2 gallon, 3 gallon


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