Acer palmatum 'Butterfly'
Common Name: Japanese maple
Zone: 5 to 8
Height: 7 to 12 feet
Spread: 4 to 8 feet
Bloom Time: April
Bloom Description: Unshowy, Reddish-purple
Leaves: Greenl, Good Fall Color
Features: Tolerates Black Walnuts. Rabbit Resistant.
Japanese maple is a multi-stemmed shrub or single-stemmed small tree that typically grows to 10-25’ tall. General plant form is rounded to broad-rounded, often with low-branching. ‘Butterfly’ is an upright, shrubby form with variegated foliage that typically grows to only 7-12’ tall. Deeply divided leaves (to 3” long) are gray-green with creamy white margins that are often edged with pink in spring. White portions of the leaves turn scarlet to magenta in fall. Leaves are sometimes twisted. Small reddish-purple flowers in spring are somewhat attractive on close inspection, but are not showy from a distance. Flowers are followed by samaras that ripen in September-October.
Japanese maples are generally grown for their attractive foliage and shape. Effective in small groupings in shrub borders. May be grown in tubs/patio containers.
Sun: Full sun to part shade
Easily grown in moist, organically rich, well-drained soils in full sun to part shade. Prefers lightly sun dappled part shade. Avoid hot and dry sites. Leaves may scorch in full sun in hot southern summers. Plant in a location protected from strong winds. Prune out non-variegated foliage.
No serious insect or disease problems. Susceptible to stem canker and leaf spots. Verticillium wilt may also occur. Watch for borers, scale, mites and aphids. Scorch may occur in hot sun locations with wind exposure. Foliage tends to leaf out early in spring and is subject to damage from late spring frosts.