Acer palmatum 'Beni maiko' a medium sized shrub-like japanese maple with brilliant scarlet new leaves in spring. In Japanese it's name translates to 'red haired dancing girl' which rather wonderfully descibes it on a sunny spring day with its wonderful, graceful branches. During summer the colours change from dark reds to bluish greens, turning a fantastic bright red in the autumn.
Very similar to the well known variety 'Shindeshojo' but with perhaps more summer colour.
It's compact, slightly weeping habit makes it suitable in both small and large garden where it will also grow well in a container.
- Position: dappled sun / part shade, out of cold, drying winds - especially coastal winds
- Soil: all soils, but avoid waterlogged areas very dry soils will need extra watering
- Eventual Size: 1.5 to 3 metres, but can be pruned
- Habit: deciduous open, strongly branched small tree
- Foliage: deciduous
- Common Names: Japanese maple 'Beni maiko'
Japanese Maples are best pruned when fully dormant (November to early February), as maples bleed sap from pruning cuts at other times, weakening the tree. However, pruning is still best kept to a minimum as the most graceful shape comes from a tree that has been allowed to develop fairly naturally. As a result, just remove badly-placed or crossing shoots to encourage a good framework of branches to form. Where you do need to reduce height and width, follow long branches back to a side branch and pruning it out at this point. This is not necessary on prostrate-growing trees because they should be allowed to spread naturally to gain the best effect.
Please refer to our: Japanese Maple Growing Guide
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