Acer palmatum 'Butterfly'

Butterfly Japanese Maple

$42.00 | 3 G | 23 Avail. | $42.00

3 G Weight: 45.0 lb

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Butterfly Japanese Maple is a small upright deciduous tree with strongly upright branching and deeply palmated lace-like variegated foliage that is sometimes twisted.  Its grey-green leaves with creamy margins can emerge edged with pink in spring and the white margins become scarlet to maroon in fall.  Small, non-showy but attractive umbels of red flowers bloom in spring followed by samaras.  Grows best in rich, moist, slightly acidic well-drained soils.  Prefers full sun in cooler climates, but needs afternoon shade in southern areas.




7’ - 12'


4' - 8'



USDA Hardiness Zone: 

5 - 8


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MAINTENANCE NEEDS: Low maintenance.  Water regularly.  Mulch in southern climates to keep roots cool.  Keep pruning to a minimum and prune in fall or winter.  Potential issues include stem canker, leaf spots, fusarium, wilt, botrytis, anthracnose, and root rots.  Potential insect pests include aphids, scale, borers, root weevils, and mites.  Chlorosis may occur in high pH soils

LANDSCAPE USES: Group Plantings or Specimen Tree, Naturalized AreasWoodland GardensPrivacy Screen, and Street Tree.

COMPANION PLANTS: Azalea, Black Mondo Grass, Rhododendron

IMAGES: Photo by David J. Stang, Acer palmatum Butterfly 4zzCC BY-SA 4.0

Photo by David J. Stang, Acer palmatum Butterfly 5zzCC BY-SA 4.0



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