Acer palmatum Tiger Rose


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Acer palmatum Tiger Rose is a lovely maple for a shady or semi-shady location.

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Acer palmatum Tiger Rose has distinctive light green reticulated leaves in the spring. Sometimes the leaves show a rose blush. Tiger Rose was found by Dr. Bump of Forest Grove, Oregon and named after his wife Rose because of the rose-pink overtones.  Summer color is light green with dark green veins. When the veins are visible this feature is called reticulation. The leaves are somewhat dissected which makes them look more lacy with pendulous branches that sway in the wind.  In most years this maple shows flowers which later become seeds. The seeds of Japanese Maples are called samaras. The abundance of the samaras looks like small ornaments dangling in the wind.

Acer palmatum Tiger Rose is a very nice maple for a smaller garden with partial shade in the afternoon. It is a medium sized maple with the classic ‘V’ or vase shape which is very common among Japanese maples.  Slow growing and very graceful some pruning is necessary to define the V shape and remove interior branches that cross in-between the two main trunks. For more information please see Pruning Japanese Maples.

As with other variegated and light colored maples, some shade in hot afternoon sun is necessary. Tiger Rose may reach a height of 6-8′ in 10 years. Maximum height is 10′ tall and about 7′ across with a slightly pendulous habit.  Once established this cultivar is hardy to USDA zone 5.

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 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.

Limited availability. When these 3 gallon size maples are sold I will not be re-stocking this cultivar. I am slowly retiring. 

The first photo shows summer color. The second photo shows early spring color and the pink blush followed by a photo of the beautiful samaras. The last photo shows fall color. The last two photos are courtesy of Buchholz Nursery.

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