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PlantFiles: Japanese Maple
Acer palmatum 'Beni Schichihenge'

Family: Sapindaceae (sap-in-DAY-see-ee) (Info)
Genus: Acer (AY-ser) (Info)
Species: palmatum (pahl-MAY-tum) (Info)
Cultivar: Beni Schichihenge
Additional cultivar information: (aka Beni Shichihenge)

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Palmatum (deeply divided leaves)


8-10 ft. (2.4-3 m)
10-12 ft. (3-3.6 m)

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 seed; direct sow outdoors in fall
From seed; stratify if sowing indoors
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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2 positives
2 neutrals
No negatives

Gardeners' Notes:

Neutral JonthanJ On May 6, 2012, JonthanJ from Logansport, IN wrote:

This is a pretty little tree, but I am surprised at how often it sports back to the plain green. These are not shoots from the rootstock. The plain green shoots are more vigorous, so they do need to be removed, but it is fairly simple to do.

Positive ltalent On Nov 7, 2007, ltalent from New York, NY wrote:

I bought this tree as much for its gorgeous green bark as its foliage. Mine doesn't get as much light to be completely showy but it's still pretty gorgeous and makes a lovely bristling sound in the wind. Tends to be top heavy and twiggy with delicate branches. Lovely fall color but not brilliant red. Excellent patio plant if you keep it moist but not too wet.

Positive Todd_Boland On Dec 20, 2004, Todd_Boland from St. John's, NL (Zone 5b) wrote:

This selection has wonderful variegated leaves. The leaves are bluish-green with orange-pink margins or streaks that eventually turn white. The leaves are relatively small and the plants are not as hardy as most Japanese Maples, requiring a very sheltered site. They can reach 5 m but are usually much shorter. It is very similar to 'Butterfly'. The name means 'red and changeful'.

Neutral tcfromky On Oct 20, 2004, tcfromky from Mercer, PA (Zone 5a) wrote:

Leaves are greenish-blue with orange-red margins. Striking combination of color. Regular pruning is necessary to maintain the shape of the tree. It is suitable for bonsai. In the natural landscape, this tree reaches a height of up to 10'.


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

Bakersfield, California
Dublin, California
Garberville, California
Sacramento, California
San Jose, California
San Leandro, California
Yarmouth Port, Massachusetts
Tupelo, Mississippi
Kansas City, Missouri
New York City, New York
Charlotte, North Carolina
Mansfield, Ohio
Salem, Oregon
Walhalla, South Carolina
Arlington, Tennessee

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