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 seeCare and Maintenance of Japanese Maples.
Note: The very hot summer has impacted this fun cultivar and some of the leaves are stressed which is why the sale price is so awesome. Next spring will show true leaf shape – like that of a ‘Starfish’.
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 and the contributors to the group have a wealth of experience and lots of 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 shows the unique leaves of Peve Starfish in the spring. The remaining photos shows summer color.