Acer palmatum Shojo no mai is a variegated upright cultivar with pink and cream color on green leaves. Throughout the spring and summer the ratio of pink and cream changes. So at any one time the dominance of color makes the maple appear more cream colored or more pink in color. Fall color is orange to crimson. Shojo no mai displays changing leaf color from spring through fall.
Acer palmatum Shojo no mai is similar to Beni schichihenge which also has green leaves that are variegated with pink and cream, but the colors of Shojo no mai are more vivid. Both Beni and Shojo grow in the classic ‘V’ shape which is an elegant branching structure. Generally, the branching is more open which allows the wind to blow through. As an added bonus both of these variegated maples can handle mostly sun. However, late afternoon shade is preferred between 4:00 and 8:00 pm in the summer for the hottest climate zones.
Acer palmatum Shojo no mai is a medium sized maple with a slow-to-moderate growth rate may reach 7-8′ in 10 years. Some pruning is needed for all Japanese Maples to keep them looking their best. Long limbs that extend 2-3′ beyond the outline of the remaining branches should be pruned to keep the maple in balance. Lower branches may be removed to allow for under-planting. For more information please see Pruning Japanese Maples. Once established this cultivar is hardy to -20 degrees – USDA Zone 5. For information on the proper way to care for your maples, please see Care and Maintenance of Japanese Maples.
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The first two photos show the beautiful variegated foliage of the summer. The last photo shows fall color – scarlet red courtesy of Buchholz Nursery.