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PlantFiles: Japanese Maple
Acer palmatum 'Shaina'

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

Other details:
Average Water Needs; Water regularly; do not overwater
Provides winter interest
Suitable for growing in containers

Soil pH requirements:
6.1 to 6.5 (mildly acidic)
6.6 to 7.5 (neutral)

Patent Information:
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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

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3 positives
No neutrals
2 negatives

Gardeners' Notes:

Positive DonnaJG 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.

Negative Nanthawat On May 23, 2014, Nanthawat from Portland, OR wrote:

Tried several times and this plant just dies in containers.

Negative Wassercom 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.

Positive witchy34 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

Positive Todd_Boland 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.


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
Shoreline, Washington

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