Acer palmatum ‘Beni schichihenge’

variegated Japanese maple

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Outstanding Qualities

This delightful deciduous tree is hardly something you can walk by and not notice. While most Japanese maples are selected for their fall color, Acer palmatum ‘Beni-schichihenge' shines in the spring. Its leaves are radiant with color – fresh bright greens edged in pure, clear white, heavily marked with eye-catching rose- pink, with an added undertone of orange. Like a multicolored snowflake, every leaf is unique, slightly different in color and shape from the next. Adding to the show is a rich, crimson leaf stem (petiole). Once you see this variegation, the translation of the Japanese name, "red and changeful," makes perfect sense!

Quick Facts

Plant Type: vase-shaped tree

Foliage Type: deciduous

Plant Height: 10 ft. 0 in. (3.05 meters)

Plant Width/Spread: 8 ft. 0 in. (2.44 meters)

Plant Height-Mature: 18 ft. 0 in. (5.49 meters)

Plant Width-Mature: 15 ft. 0 in. (4.57 meters)

Hardiness: USDA Zones 6 to 8

Sun/Light Exposure: full sun or light or open shade

Water Requirements: regular watering

Seasonal Interest: attrative spring and summer variegated foliage

Culture Notes
This lovely shrubby tree develops the best fall color in full sun to open shade, but will still thrive in dappled shade. Japanese maples are surprisingly flexible in their soil requirements. Although they will grow best in a rich well-drained soil, they will also do well in sandy soils and clay. To prevent the fine leaves from burning at the tips, 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. To reduce the need for pruning, place these wide spreading plants in areas will ample room.