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Acer palmatum 'Butterfly'

Japanese maple

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Key information

Plant type

Deciduous tree


Autumn colour, Colourful new growth



Skill level


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Plant details

Butterfly' makes a beautiful small tree with light green, five-lobed leaves which are flecked with cream. In spring, they are often edged with pink, and in autumn the cream areas turn deep scarlet. Like other Japanese maples, it needs a sunny or partially shaded spot which is protected from cold winds. The soil should be moist but well-drained. It is suitable for growing in a large container, using John Innes No 3 compost, but must be kept well-watered.

Family: Aceraceae

Genus: Acer

Species: palmatum

Cultivar: Butterfly

Plant type: Deciduous tree

Feature: Autumn colour, Colourful new growth

Sun exposure: Partial shade

Soil: Well-drained/light, Acidic, Chalky/alkaline

Hardiness: Hardy

Skill level: Experienced

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my butterfly acer needs help. It's grown well on one side, the other side looks only half grown. The leaves are small and look a bit like they might be suffering from some infection. any ideas many thanks

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