Acer palmatum Olsen’s Frosted Strawberry is a pink cultivar with a frosted layer of white over the pink. The leaves are reticulated showing dark green veins. This small, slow growing shrub-like maple may reach 4-5′ in 10 years. The spring leaves are hot-pink without the frosted look. During late spring they transition to the frosted pink color which holds through summer if planted in the right location. The right location provides sunlight until early afternoon and shade during the hottest part of the day. Around the October/November of each year the color explodes into a fantastic scarlet-red finish. Considered a dwarf, this maple is a very nice selection for a water feature or a patio container. Good drainage with the right amount of sun and shade is very important.
Olsen’s Frosted Strawberry is now in competition with a new cultivar – Acer palmatum Celebration, this new cultivar is similar and maybe even a little nicer. I will let you know in another year or so. In areas of the country where summer time temps are consistently 100 degrees or better care should be taken to plant in a shady location with only a little sun or dappled sun to prevent the leaves from burning. Other light colored leaf cultivars that require the same consideration are Shigitatsu sawa,Sister Ghost, Ghost Dancer, Tiger Rose and Miwa. Of course this is not the entire list as there are too many to identify in this section. 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 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.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.
First photo is courtesy of Buchholz Nursery showing spring color with afternoon shade. The remaining photos were taken by me at the nursery. One shows late summer color and the last shows the spring color of Olsen’s Frosted Strawberry maples in the greenhouse.