Award-winning Acer palmatum 'Beni Maiko' is a compact deciduous shrub with a striking foliage. Emerging brilliant red in spring, the three or five pointed, lobed leaves fade to pinkish-red with green undertones in summer. As the season progresses, they become green-red with the main veins holding their red shade. In the fall, the leaves turn vibrant orange and fiery red before falling. 'Beni Maiko' means 'Red Haired Dancing Girl' in Japan, where it is considered more brilliant than most maples.
- Recipient of the prestigious Award of Garden Merit of the Royal Horticultural Society for its outstanding qualities
- Grows up to 4-6 ft. tall and wide (120-180 cm).
- A full sun or part shade lover, this plant is easily grown in moist, organically rich, slightly acidic, well-drained soils. Mulch helps retain soil moisture and keep roots cool. Best leaf color in partial shade, although full sun can be tolerated. Leaf scorch can be caused by lack of soil moisture or excessive exposure.
- Perfect as specimen plant in cottage gardens, city gardens or for rock gardens and containers.
- Low maintenance, this plant needs little pruning. If pruning is necessary, prune during the dormant season and avoid pruning in spring when the sap is running. Fertilize in spring before the leaves emerge.
- May be affected by horse chestnut scale, aphids, verticillium wilt.
- Propagate by grafting or softwood cuttings