10 years to reach maturity
This plant has no fragrance
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Japanese Maple 'Beni-Maiko' Overview
Acer palmatum 'Beni-maiko' is a small, compact and bushy shrub or small tree cultivar. Its bright red leaves emerge in spring. These then develop a pinkish tint, before turning red-green in summer. They turn yellow, orange then deep red in Autumn. They then fall. It likes a sheltered position in full sun or partial shade. Leaf colour will be more impressive when grown in a slightly shaded area, but it will tolerate full sun if soil conditions are moist enough; otherwise, leaf scorch may occur. It prefers soil that is on the acid rather than alkaline side, and that is moist but well-drained. 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. A low-maintenance plant, Acer palmatum 'Beni-maiko' is a welcome addition to many garden styles, including courtyard gardens, rock gardens and Japanese style gardens. It is ideal for growing in containers, in woodland gardens and on banks and slopes. It produces insignificant small flowers that are followed by winged fruits in spring/summer. Commonly known by the names Japanese Maple 'Beni-Maiko' and Maple 'Beni-Maiko', which means "Red-Haired Dancing Girl", this lovely cultivar has earned a Royal Horticultural Society Award of Garden Merit.
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How to propagate Japanese Maple 'Beni-Maiko'
Take soft wood cuttings in early summer.