Japanese Maple 'Shaina'

Acer palmatum

Family: Sapindaceae (sap-in-DAY-see-ee) (Info)
Genus: Acer (AY-ser) (Info)
Species: palmatum (pahl-MAY-tum) (Info)
Cultivar: Shaina
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Palmatum (deeply divided leaves)


36-48 in. (90-120 cm)

4-6 ft. (1.2-1.8 m)

6-8 ft. (1.8-2.4 m)


36-48 in. (90-120 cm)

4-6 ft. (1.2-1.8 m)

6-8 ft. (1.8-2.4 m)

8-10 ft. (2.4-3 m)


USDA Zone 5a: to -28.8 C (-20 F)

USDA Zone 5b: to -26.1 C (-15 F)

USDA Zone 6a: to -23.3 C (-10 F)

USDA Zone 6b: to -20.5 C (-5 F)

USDA Zone 7a: to -17.7 C (0 F)

USDA Zone 7b: to -14.9 C (5 F)

USDA Zone 8a: to -12.2 C (10 F)

USDA Zone 8b: to -9.4 C (15 F)

USDA Zone 9a: to -6.6 C (20 F)

USDA Zone 9b: to -3.8 C (25 F)

Sun Exposure:

Sun to Partial Shade

Light Shade


Grown for foliage




Good Fall Color

Provides winter interest

Other details:

Unknown - Tell us

Soil pH requirements:

6.1 to 6.5 (mildly acidic)

6.6 to 7.5 (neutral)

Patent Information:

Unknown - Tell us

Propagation Methods:

From woody stem cuttings

From softwood cuttings

From semi-hardwood cuttings

From hardwood cuttings

From seed; stratify if sowing indoors

From seed; direct sow after last frost

By grafting

By budding

Seed Collecting:

Allow seedheads to dry on plants; remove and collect seeds

Properly cleaned, seed can be successfully stored

Foliage Color:


Bloom Characteristics:

Unknown - Tell us

Water Requirements:

Average Water Needs; Water regularly; do not overwater

Where to Grow:

Suitable for growing in containers


This plant has been said to grow in the following regions:


Bakersfield, California

Garberville, California

Richmond, California

San Leandro, California

Auburndale, Florida

Indianapolis, Indiana

Tupelo, Mississippi

Kansas City, Missouri

Gastonia, North Carolina

Euclid, Ohio

Portland, Oregon

Norristown, Pennsylvania

Arlington, Tennessee

Old Hickory, Tennessee

Friendswood, Texas

Bainbridge Island, Washington

Chimacum, Washington

Puyallup, Washington

Shoreline, Washington

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Gardeners' Notes:


On Jun 4, 2014, DonnaJG from Indianapolis, IN wrote:

I've grown 'Shaina' for 8-10 years. It's been the most dwarf of all the Japanese maples that I've grown, reaching only slightly over 2 feet tall and wide. It came through the terrible winter of 2014, in which we endured temperatures of -15 degrees F., just fine.


On May 23, 2014, Nanthawat from Portland, OR (Zone 8b) wrote:

Tried several times and this plant just dies in containers.


On Mar 28, 2010, Wassercom from Northbrook, IL wrote:

Planted a 5 gallon specimen this past summer in a protected location (near the house) of my Zone 5a garden. Even with supplemental winter protection, it looks like it has croaked.


On Jun 4, 2005, witchy34 from durham
United Kingdom (Zone 6a) wrote:

I have a small plant about 3ft, grows well in the north of England and can take a good frost up to -8


On Mar 4, 2005, Todd_Boland from St. John's, NL (Zone 5b) wrote:

This dwarf maple arose as a witches-broom on the popular 'Bloodgood'. Plants form a dense, twiggy bush usually under 3 m. It is ideal for containers, a rock garden setting or for bonsai. Spring foliage is bright red becoming purple-red in summer then bright red again in the fall.