Japanese Maple (Acer palmatum 'Butterfly')

Common names:
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Also sold as:
'Kochō Nishiki'
'Kochō-no-Mai'
'Cho Cho'
'Choco-no-Mai'

General Plant Information (Edit)
Plant Habit: Tree
Life cycle: Perennial
Sun Requirements: Full Sun to Partial Shade
Water Preferences: Mesic
Soil pH Preferences: Moderately acid (5.6 – 6.0)
Slightly acid (6.1 – 6.5)
Minimum cold hardiness: Zone 5a -28.9 °C (-20 °F) to -26.1 °C (-15 °F)
Maximum recommended zone: Zone 8b
Plant Height: 7-12ft
Plant Spread: 4-8ft
Leaves: Good fall color
Unusual foliage color
Deciduous
Variegated
Other: Prune out non-variegated foliage. Palmate, 5-lobed, 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
Flowers: Inconspicuous
Flower Color: Other: Reddish-purple
Flower Time: Other: April
Containers: Suitable in 3 gallon or larger

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Comments:
Posted by Betja (Bakersfield, CA) on Nov 8, 2011 10:51 AM

The overall color of my Butterfly Japanese Maple is very pale. Other Butterflies that I have seen are about half and half or mostly green. My garden is in Bakersfield, CA, where it stays in the 100's for a good portion of the summer. My Butterfly grows in total shade except for the occasional peekaboo sunlight for a few minutes in the afternoon. In the spring the overall color of my Butterfly is the palest creamy yellowish white with occasional green streaks in the leaves, and by August it slowly changes to a pale chartreuse yellowish overall color. I really love my Butterfly, and I have never seen another quite like it!

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