Growing Zones: 5-8 outdoors(hardy down to -10℉) 5-8 outdoors
- Mature Height:
- 6-12 ft.
- Mature Width:
- 4-7 ft.
- Growth Rate:
- Botanical Name:
- Acer palmatum 'Butterfly'
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The Butterfly Japanese Maple Means a Year-Round Show of Color
The ever-changing colors of the Butterfly Japanese Maple make this unique tree an interesting accent to your landscape...and it looks brilliant as a stand-alone ornamental.
What sets our Butterfly Japanese Maple apart? For starters, it changes colors with the seasons. Starting with a pinkish tinge foliage in early spring, the gray-green leaves incorporate splashes of red with silvery white borders throughout the summer. And as fall approaches, the green leaves transition to a deep scarlet-magenta color to make for a spectacular autumnal show.
Even in winter, its miniature, reddish maple hues will nod and flow in the breeze adding a dynamic display in your garden. Plus, its distinctive 3-inch leaves, with five lobes, open like the palm of a hand and will occasionally have a slight twist as they emerge. The inconspicuous flowers are small, of a reddish-purple color, and are quite attractive close up. The papery, double winged seed pods, called samaras, ripen during September and October and flow in the breeze to add another dimension.
Best of all? It's low-maintenance, and this long-lived specimen is naturally resistant to diseases and insects, so you’ll rarely need to treat it with fungicides or insecticides. Just give it a good start, and it will reward you for years to come.
Clearly showing off its native roots of Japan, Korea, and China, this classy tree can be placed wherever you wish and it will be a point of year-round interest. Use it in containers, bonsai, Asian themes, or small gardens to display its unique beauty!
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Planting & Care
The Butterfly Japanese Maple is a beautifully decorative, cold hardy tree that has been known to add serious value to properties. These Japanese maples are commonly used as focal points or centerpieces for landscapes and appreciated for their non-invasive root structure. This moderately growing, full to partial sun lover is also fantastic for small to medium spaces as they only mature to about 15 feet tall and anywhere from 15-25 feet wide but can be easily controlled through pruning practices. The beautiful scarlet foliage of the Butterfly is prized as it lasts most of the year instead just a few weeks.
1) The hole should be dug slightly larger than the root system of the plant, 2-3 times the width and just as deep as the root ball.
2) To help the roots establish themselves quickly, mix the soil with an organic compost (conifer bark mulch, rhododendron or azalea planting mix or rose compost) that is recommended but not necessarily needed.
3) The root collar of the plant, the ground line on the stem where the young plant was grown, should be level with the ground surface.
4) Back fill the hole and tamp down the soil as you proceed to cut back on any air pockets from forming.
5) Water the planting site and then mulch to preserve soil moisture.
Exception: If you have clay soil, dig your hole rather shallow, so that the root system is partly above the ground. When filling the hole, the soil should be mounded up to the root collar to protect the tree from drying out. (If deep holes are dug in heavy soils such as clay, the hole acts like a large iron kettle with no drainage, causing the water to build up, drowning and killing your tree.)
Mulching: Mulching around your Japanese maple helps to maintain a weed free area, minimizes water loss in dry conditions, and provides winter protection for the roots during cold frosts. The ideal mulch bed is a 2 inch layer of coarse bark.
Watering: The average amount of water supplied to most common lawn and garden plants should be adequate for your new Japanese maple tree. During the hot summer months, water your Japanese maple in early morning or evening. This will help protect against a condition known as “scorching” where the leaves appear to have been burnt by the sun, a condition thought to be brought on by watering in the midday sun.
Fertilization: Japanese maples do not require large amounts of nutrients. If your other lawn and garden plants do well, your maple should grow just fine. Any recommended fertilization should use a balanced complete fertilizer for shrubs and trees. This should be applied once a year in early spring, and if possible be applied just before the leaves appear.
Pruning: Your tree will need 2 to 3 years to become firmly established in your lawn or garden. After this period, you may begin to prune your tree if desired, although it is not required.
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|Amount of Order||Shipping Charge|
|Less than $15||$11.95|
You can still order, but due to cold weather, we have delayed shipping to the areas shaded on the map below. We want your new plant to thrive right out of the box, so we will wait on shipping your order until the weather is ideal. This includes anyone in
Growing Zones 3, 4, 5 or 6. If you are unsure of your growing zone, visit our
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We will resume normal shipping in the Spring. Please see the table below for your approximate ship date.
|Growing Zone||Shipping Resumes|
|Zones 3 & 4||Week of April 29th|
|Zones 5||Week of April 14th|
|Zones 6||Week of April 7th|
|Zones 11||Ships Now!|