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Acer palmatum 'Beni maiko'

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

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24-36 in. (60-90 cm)

6-8 ft. (1.8-2.4 m)

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:
Full Sun
Sun to Partial Shade
Light Shade


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

Soil pH requirements:
5.1 to 5.5 (strongly acidic)
5.6 to 6.0 (acidic)
6.1 to 6.5 (mildly acidic)

Patent Information:
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Propagation Methods:
By grafting

Seed Collecting:
N/A: plant does not set seed, flowers are sterile, or plants will not come true from seed

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2 positives
1 neutral
No negatives

Gardeners' Notes:

Positive maplenut On Oct 27, 2008, maplenut from Lacey, WA wrote:

I have to disagree a bit w/ Todd. Beni Maiko's greatest feature is always in SPRING COLOR, not fall. It has a somewhat natural tendency to be a curly leaf, there is nothing wrong if you see that. I use it where I want bright luminous RED spring color. By mid-April it is blasting red. See my photo I posted.

Neutral ettaj100 On Jul 18, 2006, ettaj100 from Dallas, TX wrote:

The tree arrived in great shape, had some pink leaves. I put in larger pot watered and the leaves are curling up and the color is gone. The temperature here in Dallas is over 100 but have tree in shade. Did I overwater it? Any ideas anyone out there. jg

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

This maple is classified as semi-dwarf (Yatsubusa Group)and will eventually reach 2-3 m but this will take a long time. The spring foliage is pinkish-red, turns reddish with green tints in summer then turns fiery red in autumn. Being a semi-dwarf, the leaves are relatively small. Great for bonsai or containers.


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

Fountain Valley, California
Garberville, California
Atlanta, Georgia
Louisville, Kentucky
Kansas City, Missouri
Newport News, Virginia
Lacey, Washington

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