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Japanese Maple 'Phoenix'

Acer palmatum (Palmatum Group) 'Phoenix'

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Partial Shade
Easy care
Moderate watering
Frost Hardy


RHS hardiness


Minimum temperature

Expected size








10 years to reach maturity


  • spring
  • summer
  • autumn
  • winter

This plant has no fragrance

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A close-up of the pink and yellow veined leaves of Acer palmatum 'Phoenix'
A close-up of the pink and yellow veined leaves of Acer palmatum 'Phoenix'

Japanese Maple 'Phoenix' Overview

Acer palmatum 'Phoenix' - or Japanese Maple 'Phoenix' - is a small tree of bushy habit that is a popular plant with gardeners in temperate regions across the world. Suitable for many different garden styles, it is regularly seen in urban/courtyard gardens, and it can be grown in large patio pots. Acers are also a popular choice for Bonsai enthusiasts and Japanese themed gardens. (The species name Acer palmatum comes from the hand-like shape of its leaves.) This deciduous cultivar has an attractive spreading form and is chosen for the seasonal change of colours that its leaves displays. The foliage emerges as pink with yellow-green veins, that slowly turn green, before developing an attractive yellow colour in autumn. Winged, purple fruits may follow inconspicuous red-purple flowers in spring. The bark is white-striped on more mature stems. Acer palmatum 'Phoenix' is hardy across most of Europe and the UK - it can cope with a minimum temperature of around minus 20C. Grow in a sheltered position in full sun to partial shade and in moist, well-draining soil that is on the acidic side. Leaf colour is better if grown in partial shade but full sun can be tolerated if the soil moisture is maintained. It can also tolerate windy/exposed sites, providing it has access to moisture; however, it can suffer wind & sun scorch of the leaves in drier conditions. So keep well watered during dry spells (and regularly water newly planted trees). Additional plant feed may be required for potted/container-grown specimens. Acers can also benefit from spring and/or winter mulching with a helping of ericaceous material such as pine needles or chopped bracken. Little to no pruning is recommended, however removing dead or unwanted branches can be done in late autumn to midwinter.

Common problems with Japanese Maple 'Phoenix'

How to propagate Japanese Maple 'Phoenix'



Softwood cuttings


Special features of Japanese Maple 'Phoenix'

Pot plant

Can be trained as Bonsai trees

Attractive leaves

Other uses of Japanese Maple 'Phoenix'

This low maintenance tree suits urban/courtyard gardens as well as cottage/informal settings. It provides mid-level structure and can be grown in a container.


The leaves are used in Chinese medicine.