Acer palmatum ‘Shaina’

dwarf red Japanese maple

  • © Great Plant Picks

Outstanding Qualities

‘Shaina’ is a smaller growing Japanese maple which becomes a low dense and compact globe of small red foliage. In spring the leaves emerge a bright red which deepen to a dark maroon in summer. The foliage forms dense tufts at the ends of short twiggy branches and can develop an interesting and intricate form with some pruning. The maroon leaves turn a brilliant crimson in the fall. This is an ideal selection for containers or as a colorful accent in a small garden.

Quick Facts

Plant Type: round tree

Foliage Type: deciduous

Plant Height: 4 ft. 0 in. (1.22 meters)

Plant Width/Spread: 3 ft. 0 in. (0.91 meters)

Plant Height-Mature: 6 ft. 0 in. (1.83 meters)

Plant Width-Mature: 4 ft. 0 in. (1.22 meters)

Hardiness: USDA Zones 6 to 9

Sun/Light Exposure: light to open shade

Water Requirements: regular watering

Seasonal Interest: spring, summer, & autumn foliage color

Colors & Combos

Great Plant Combinations: Asarum europaeum, Blechnum penna-marina, Brunnera macrophylla ‘Jack Frost’, Lathyrus vernus, Tricyrtis ‘Tojen’, Chamaecyparis obtusa ‘Pygmaea’

Great Color Contrasts: blue, silver

Great Color Partners: burgundy, red, green

Culture Notes
This dwarf maple develops the best foliage color in light to open shade. Japanese maples are surprisingly flexible in their soil requirements, but this slow dwarf will grow best in a rich well-drained soil or sandy soil. To prevent the small leaves from burning at the tips avoid hot locations and water the tree regularly during dry weather. Well pruned Japanese maples can be an art form in the garden and this tight dwarf needs little pruning, so it would be best to consult an experienced pruner or take local classes before attempting to prune.
Geek Notes
"Award of Garden Merit" from the Royal Horticultural Society, 1993. 'Shaina' originated as a sport from the colorful 'Bloodgood' Japanese maple. United States, 1960.