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Japanese Maple 'Shaina'

Acer palmatum (Palmatum Group) 'Shaina'

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Partial Shade
Easy care
Moderate watering
Frost Hardy


RHS hardiness


Minimum temperature

Expected size









  • spring
  • summer
  • autumn
  • winter

This plant has no fragrance

Japanese Maple 'Shaina' Overview

Acer palmatum 'Shaina' is a dense and compact deciduous shrub that forms a mound-shaped small tree. It produces vibrant red leaves in spring which then develop through to a rich claret colour, before turning a brighter shade of red again in autumn. It can reach 3m at maturity and it produces red-purple flowers in spring followed by red, winged fruits. It is commonly known by the names Japanese Maple 'Shaina' and Maple 'Shaina'. 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 the alkaline side, which 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 'Shaina' is a welcome addition to many garden styles, including courtyard and Japanese style gardens. It can be grown in large containers and is ideal for small gardens.

Common problems with Japanese Maple 'Shaina'

How to propagate Japanese Maple 'Shaina'


Take soft wood cuttings in early summer.


Special features of Japanese Maple 'Shaina'

Attractive leaves

Pot plant

Autumn colour

Other uses of Japanese Maple 'Shaina'

This low maintenance small tree is frequently chosen for growing in containers to provide architectural interest in urban courtyards or Japanese style plantings. It is also suitable for rock and woodland gardens providing fantastic foliage interest.