Japanese Maple 'Beni Schichihenge'

Acer palmatum

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)


6-8 ft. (1.8-2.4 m)

8-10 ft. (2.4-3 m)

10-12 ft. (3-3.6 m)


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

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 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

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

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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Gardeners' Notes:


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.


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.


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'.


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'.