Spacing: 36-48 in. (90-120 cm) 4-6 ft. (1.2-1.8 m)
Hardiness: 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
Foliage: Grown for foliage Deciduous Variegated Burgundy 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)
On Apr 25, 2009, blumburg from powell, OH (Zone 5b) wrote:
After some leaf scorching last summer, I moved mine into more shade in the fall. It made it through a bad winter on the windy north side of the house and is budding out all over. What a relief. It is very twiggy and I'll probably thin it out a little. It looks so delicate, I wasn't sure it would make it here in central Ohio.
Butterfly is a very 'twiggy' upright vase-shaped japanese maple. Some people LOVE the twiggy look, but I am not one of them. A Butterfly can be artistically modified simply be continuing to remove a lot of the inner twigs. Mine is in full sun and has never burnt.
My 'Butterfly' is just as Todd Boland describes his tree. Mine is in a very large porcelain container, about 40 gallons in size and is about 10 years old. It stands about 7 feet tall and is about 6 feet wide. It has been subjected to some very harsh dry winds in Dublin, CA but this specimen has proven to be an extremely hardy tree in spite of its delicate appearance. Absolutely gorgeous! A standout in my 100-plus Japanese maple collection.
On Apr 25, 2005, doss from Stanford, CA (Zone 9b) wrote:
My 'Butterfly' is about 20 years old. It grows with only bright indirect sunlight so that it lacks the pink that is normally found on the leaves except in the early spring. It grew to 14 feet until I had to have it severely pruned to keep it in it's place. While it is said that this tree grows 8-10 feet, it has been known to grow to 25 feet in California.
Butterfly's foliage can revert to green and it is important to remove stems that only have green leaves on them.
On Dec 20, 2004, Todd_Boland from St. John's, NL (Zone 5b) wrote:
'Butterfly' is one of the lovliest of the variegated Japanese maples. Most leaves have a clean white margin but soom variation exists. The new leaves may have pinkish margins. In fall, the white margins often take on a purplish colour. This selection may reach 5 m but is often much shorter. Like most variegated Japanese maples, it is not as hardy as the green or purple-leaved types, thus requires a very sheltered site. May be grown as a wonderful container plant.
This plant has been said to grow in the following regions:
Mobile, Alabama Haskell, Arkansas Bakersfield, California Garberville, California Richmond, California San Anselmo, California Stanford, California Ensley, Florida Ferry Pass, Florida Jay, Florida Aspen Hill, Maryland Severna Park, Maryland West Friendship, Maryland Grosse Pointe, Michigan Marion, Mississippi Verona, Mississippi Gastonia, North Carolina Mint Hill, North Carolina Powell, Ohio Jackson, Tennessee Disputanta, Virginia Lexington, Virginia Tanglewilde-thompson Place, Washington