Acer palmatum ‘Butterfly’

Japanese Acer, Japanese Maple

Acer palmatum ‘Butterfly’ is a captivating Japanese maple cultivar celebrated for its exquisite foliage and graceful form. Its leaves showcase a stunning variegated pattern of cream and soft green, resembling delicate butterfly wings. In spring, new leaves emerge with vibrant pink accents, adding charm to the landscape. As the season progresses, the foliage transitions to lush green, culminating in a spectacular display of golden-yellow, orange, and crimson hues during fall.

This deciduous tree reaches a height of about 1.8 to 2.4 meters, making it perfect for smaller gardens or container planting. ‘Butterfly’ thrives in partial shade and well-draining soil, providing a mesmerising foliage spectacle in any Japanese-style garden or landscape. With its ever-changing colours and elegant form, Acer palmatum ‘Butterfly’ is a cherished addition to gardens seeking a touch of natural beauty and sophistication.

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Care & Size Guidance

Care & Size Guidance

Acer palmatum ‘Butterfly’ requires proper care and cultivation to showcase its mesmerising foliage. Plant it in a location with partial shade, providing protection from harsh afternoon sun. Ensure well-draining, fertile soil, enriched with organic matter. Keep the soil consistently moist, especially during dry periods. Apply a balanced fertilizer in early spring to support healthy growth.

Taking 10-20 years to reach its final height of 2.5-4 metres, Acer palmatum ‘Butterfly’ is perfect for a large planterr.

Regularly prune to maintain its graceful shape and remove any dead or crossing branches. Protect ‘Butterfly’ from strong winds that can damage its delicate leaves. With diligent care and attention, this Japanese maple cultivar will reward gardeners with its ever-changing and striking variegated foliage, adding a touch of elegance and natural beauty to any landscape.


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