Acer palmatum ‘Shindeshojo’
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 Color Contrasts: blue, cream, white
Great Color Partners: pink, burgundy, green
Culture NotesThis 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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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