Acer palmatum ‘Shindeshojo’

Japanese maple

Outstanding Qualities

One of the few Japanese maples grown for the spring foliage color rather than the fall color, ‘Shindeshojo’ amazes with a shocking early season show. In spring as the new buds open they reveal intense shrimp pink leaves that will slowly fade to green. A second flush of mid-summer growth provides a brief splash of light pink. Soft pale rose-pinks and apricots give a subtle show in the autumn. A small shrubby tree in form, it is great for a sparkling accent or as a container plant.

Colors & Combos

Great Plant Combinations: Acer tegmentosum, Ribes sanguineum, Rhododendron ‘Herbert’, Pieris japonica ‘Variegata’, Narcissus ‘Mount Hood’, Trillium ovatum

Great Color Contrasts: blue, cream, white

Great Color Partners: pink, burgundy, green

Culture Notes

This slow growing small maple develops the best spring foliage color in light to open shade. Japanese maples are surprisingly flexible in their soil requirements, but this slow grower 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 are an art form in the garden and require an expert touch, so consult an experienced pruner or take local classes before attempting to prune.

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Quick Facts

Plant Type: tree

Foliage Type: deciduous

Plant Height: 8 ft. 0 in. (2.44 m.)

Plant Width/Spread: 6 ft. 0 in. (1.83 m.)

Hardiness: USDA Zones 6 to 9

Sun/Light Exposure: light to dappled shade

Water Requirements: regular watering