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Butterfly Variegated Japanese Maple

Acer palmatum 'Butterfly'

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Butterfly Variegated Japanese Maple (Acer palmatum 'Butterfly') at Oakland Nurseries Inc

Acer palmatum 'Butterfly' in fall

Acer palmatum 'Butterfly' in fall

(Photo courtesy of NetPS Plant Finder)

Butterfly Variegated Japanese Maple (Acer palmatum 'Butterfly') at Oakland Nurseries Inc

Acer palmatum 'Butterfly'

Acer palmatum 'Butterfly'

(Photo courtesy of NetPS Plant Finder)

Height: 12 feet

Spread: 12 feet

Sunlight:  full sun  partial shade 

Hardiness Zone: 5b


Stunning small deeply-toothed leaves are green with bold silver edges and hints of rose during summer; elegant vase shape habit; Japanese maples are the most coveted of all small landscape trees, having almost the perfect shape, habit, and fall color

Ornamental Features:

Butterfly Variegated Japanese Maple has attractive creamy white-variegated deciduous grayish green foliagewith hints of rose throughout the season. The serrated lobed palm-shaped leaves are ornamentally significant and turn an outstanding red in the fall. Neither the flowers nor the fruit are ornamentally significant. The bark is not particularly outstanding.

Landscape Attributes:

Butterfly Variegated Japanese Maple is a dense deciduous tree with an upright spreading habit of growth. Its average texture blends into the landscape, but can be balanced by one or two finer or coarser trees or shrubs for an effective composition.

This is a relatively low maintenance tree, and should only be pruned in summer after the leaves have fully developed, as it may 'bleed' sap if pruned in late winter or early spring. It has no significant negative characteristics.

Butterfly Variegated Japanese Maple is recommended for the following landscape applications;

  • Accent
  • Mass Planting
  • Hedges/Screening
  • General Garden Use
  • Container Planting

Plant Characteristics:

Butterfly Variegated Japanese Maple will grow to be about 12 feet tall at maturity, with a spread of 12 feet. It has a low canopy with a typical clearance of 2 feet from the ground, and is suitable for planting under power lines. It grows at a slow rate, and under ideal conditions can be expected to live for 60 years or more.

This tree does best in full sun to partial shade. It prefers to grow in average to moist conditions, and shouldn't be allowed to dry out. It is particular about its soil conditions, with a strong preference for rich, neutral soils. It is somewhat tolerant of urban pollution, and will benefit from being planted in a relatively sheltered location. Consider applying a thick mulch around the root zone in winter to protect it in exposed locations or colder zones.

This is a selected variety of a species not originally from North America.

Hardiness Zone Plant Height Minimum Sunlight
Accent Massing Screening Garden Container
Foliage Color Fall Color Plant Form
Ornamental Features
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