Acer shirasawanum Kawaii

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Acer shirasawanum Kawaii


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Acer shirasawanum Kawaii is rare and beautiful and translates to ‘cute’ in Japanese. Very slow growing and should be grown in a nice container.

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Acer shirasawanum Kawaii is a rare lace leaf maple with spring color that is variegated pink-red on green leaves. In the summer the variegation is a darker red. Fall color is pink-red without the green. This maple is very slow growing and best grown in a container with morning sun and afternoon shade. The growth habit is compact for a lace leaf that is not a weeper and it is often grafted on a high standard to make Kawaii taller which also creates a whole new look. However, a low graft is perfect for the bonsai enthusiast, as well as being a more traditional look for this cultivar. Kawaii in Japanese means ‘cute’ and she really is.

Acer shirasawanum Kawaii is in the ‘full moon’ group of maples. Though most likely a palmatum and shirasawanum hybrid because of the unique leaf structure. It is a very slow growing maple that may reach 3-4′  in 10 years. The branches are not pendulous, but rigid which is why it doesn’t weep. Once established this cultivar is hardy -20 degrees, USDA zone 5.  Other shirasawanum maples that I have listed in the website include Autumn Moon, Jordan, Moonrise, Johin, Mikado, and Sensu. 

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 post many photos. 

Limited Availability: I will have 1 gallon containers available either in the fall of 2022 or spring of 2023.

The first photo is courtesy of Talon Buchholz showing  fall color. The second photo shows a close-up of the leaves and the wonderful variegated color. Kawaii was discovered and introduced by Buchholz Nursery as part of their Flora Wonder ™ Collection.

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1 Gallon, 2 Gallon, 3 Gallon


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