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Acer palmatum 'Butterfly'

Japanese maple

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Key information

Plant type

Deciduous tree


Autumn colour, Colourful new growth



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Plant details

Acer palmatum is a deciduous, woody shrub native to parts of Asia and Russia. There are many garden-worthy cultivars available, which have been bred for their leaf shapes and colours.

Acer palmatum 'Butterfly' makes a beautiful small tree, bearing light green, five-lobed leaves flecked with cream. In spring, the leaves are often edged with pink, and in autumn the cream areas turn deep scarlet before falling.

For best results, grow Acer palmatum 'Butterfly' in moist but well-drained soil in partial shade. Protect it from the harshest winds, which may cause leaf scorch.

Family: Sapindaceae

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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