Acer palmatum Peve Starfish

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Acer palmatum Peve Starfish


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Sold Out -Acer palmatum Peve Starfish is a really fun maple – unique I would say –  and yes, the leaves are shaped like a ‘starfish’.


Note: Last years exceptional heat wave of 115-117 degrees stressed my Peve Starfish maples. I basically lost a year in growth with much dieback. I am offering a reduced price for April on my 2 and 3 gallon Peve Starfish maples.

Acer palmatum ‘Peve Starfish’ is a unique Japanese Maple with leaves that resemble a ‘starfish’. Hot pink in the spring, purple in the summer and hot pink to crimson in the fall. Dark red bark that holds color year-round adds winter interest. This is a wonderful new maple for my nursery and I must admit I have fallen for this cutie. With the name ‘Peve’ you know it was developed and introduced in the Netherlands.  This is a really fun maple – unique I would say. Peve Starfish is described on some websites as an upright maple with a broad stocky form – which I can’t quite picture in my head when I look at this clever maple.

In the spring – pink-red downward curving leaves resemble a starfish. Summer color is a dark purple that changes in the fall to an intense pink-red again all the while keeping the starfish look.  This quirky and distinct maple delights all who see it. So unusual most people don’t believe it is a Japanese Maple – well it is! Be the first one in your area to own such a unique maple.

Acer palmatum ‘Peve Starfish’ can handle sun to partial shade in well-drained soil. This maple is estimated to grow up to 9-10′ tall in 10 years without any pruning. However, I recommend pruning to shape maples and to keep them to the desired size. For more information please see Pruning Japanese Maples. Starfish is also hardy to -20 degrees, USDA zone 5.  For more information on growing Japanese Maples please see  Care and Maintenance of Japanese Maples.

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.

First photo shows the unique leaves of Peve Starfish in the spring. The remaining photos shows summer color.

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1 gallon, 2 gallon, 3 gallon


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