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ACER palmatum 'Beni-shichehenge'

Image of Acer palmatum 'Beni-shichehenge'

James Burghardt

Family

Aceraceae

Botanical Name

ACER palmatum 'Beni-shichehenge'

Plant Common Name

Beni-shichihenge Japanese Maple, Japanese Maple

General Description

The beautiful and ubiquitous Japanese maple is a small deciduous tree native to eastern Asia. A dwarf, shrubby cultivar grown for its variegated leaves, 'Beni-shichihenge' has deeply five-lobed, blue-green leaves with salmon-pink margins that fade to pinkish white. The lobes are often twisted and curled. Fall color is yellow. Clusters of red flowers dangle from the branches in spring, followed by small green two-winged fruits that mature to red-brown. Smooth gray bark provides winter interest.

This maple does best in moist, humus-rich soil and sun to part shade. Plant it near a walk or entryway, where its elegant foliage can be fully appreciated. It also works well as a bonsai plant.

Characteristics

  • AHS Heat Zone

    8 - 2

  • USDA Hardiness Zone

    6 - 8

  • Sunset Zone

    A3, 2a, 2b, 3a, 3b, 4, 5, 6, 7, 8, 9, 10, 12, 14, 15, 16, 17, 18, 19, 20, 21, 22, 23, 24

  • Plant Type

    Tree

  • Sun Exposure

    Full Sun, Partial Sun, Partial Shade

  • Height

    8'-12' / 2.4m - 3.7m

  • Width

    5'-8' / 1.5m - 2.4m

  • Bloom Time

    Spring, Late Spring, Early Summer

  • Native To

    Eastern Asia

Growing Conditions

  • Soil pH

    Acidic, Neutral, Alkaline

  • Soil Drainage

    Well Drained

  • Soil type

    Clay, Loam, Sand

  • Growth Rate

    Medium

  • Water Requirements

    Average Water

  • Habit

    Upright/Erect

  • Seasonal Interest

    Spring, Summer, Fall, Winter

Ornamental Features

  • Flower Interest

    Insignificant

  • Flower Color

    Red, Purple

  • Fruit Color

    Red, Green, Brown

  • Foliage Color (Spring)

    Green, Orange, Blue Green, Pink

  • Foliage Color (Spring) Modifier

    Variegated

  • Foliage Color (Summer)

    Green, Pink, Ivory

  • Foliage Color (Summer) Modifier

    Variegated

  • Foliage Color (Fall)

    Yellow

  • Bark Color

    Red, Green, Gray

  • Fragrant Flowers

    No

  • Fragrant Fruit

    No

  • Fragrant Foliage

    No

  • Bark or Stem Fragrant

    No

  • Flower Petal Number

    Single

  • Repeat Bloomer

    No

  • Showy Fruit

    No

  • Edible Fruit

    No

  • Showy Foliage

    Yes

  • Foliage Texture

    Fine

  • Foliage Sheen

    Matte

  • Evergreen

    No

  • Showy Bark

    No

Special Characteristics

  • Bark Texture

    Smooth

  • Usage

    Container, Feature Plant, Foundation, Mixed Border, Topiary / Bonsai / Espalier

  • Sharp or Has Thorns

    No

  • Invasive

    No

  • Self-Sowing

    No