Phoenix is in the group of maples that have awesome pink or red/pink new growth which changes to green for the summer and then ends with a spectacular fall crimson red finish.  However, Phoenix adds one new element during the spring – yellow veins are visible in the leaves – this is known as reticulation. Additionally, Phoenix has red bark on new growth. Other maples with pink new growth include CorallinumKawahara Rose, and Beni maiko.

This maple is an upright maple, but it a bushy form that is not evenly branched. Growth is moderate and Phoenix may reach about 5′ tall and 3′ wide in 10 years.  This maple likes the heat and doesn’t do well in the spring unless it is sunny and warm. Even in hot afternoon summer days Phoenix holds up well so it is a perfect dwarf for the hot spot that cooks nearly everything else you have tried.  This also makes it suitable for a container in the sun.

Soil should be well-drained, if clay is the problem, the maple should be mounded to keep the roots above the soggy soil. If you spend a little more time up front in the planting phase you will be rewarded with a happy and healthy maple for many years. Once established this maple is hardy to -20 degrees – USDA Zone 5. See Planting Japanese Maples for more information.

All of the photos are from the nursery inventory. The first two show a close-up of the new spring leaves and the last two show a 3 gallon followed by a 2 gallon container photographed at night with a flash.