Acer palmatum ‘Herhaim’

Japanese Acer, Japanese Maple, Herhaim Japanese Maple

Acer palmatum ‘Herhaim’, commonly referred to as Herhaim Japanese Maple, is an enchanting deciduous shrub that adds an air of sophistication to diverse landscapes. Its compact growth pattern makes it a perfect choice for smaller gardens and even containers, offering versatility in design. The allure of ‘Herhaim’ lies within its intricately dissected leaves that unfurl in a captivating blend of deep burgundy and refreshing green tones, providing a visual spectacle throughout the changing seasons. One of the highlights of this cultivar are the stems which maintain a delightful red colour, even in the depths of winter.

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Origin: Japan, Korea, China, eastern Mongolia, and southeast Russia
Genus: Acer
Species / Cultivar: palmatum 'Herhaim'
Common Name: Japanese Acer, Japanese Maple, Herhaim Japanese Maple

Plant Biography

The background of Acer palmatum hybrids can be traced back to Japan, where the parent species, Acer palmatum, is native. Over centuries, Japanese gardeners and horticulturists selectively bred and cultivated various varieties of Acer palmatum to enhance specific traits, such as leaf shapes, colours, and growth habits.

These efforts resulted in a rich diversity of Acer palmatum cultivars, celebrated for their exquisite and ornamental features. In the 19th and 20th centuries, these hybrids found their way to Europe and North America, captivating gardeners worldwide. Today, Acer palmatum hybrids continue to be cherished and extensively cultivated, gracing landscapes and gardens with their mesmerising foliage and adding a touch of elegance and sophistication to outdoor spaces.

Acer palmatum 'Herhaim'
Soil: Moist but Well Drained
Soil that allows water to drain at a moderate rate, without the water pooling.
Growth Rate: Slow
This plant is particularly slow to grow, even during growing season.
Maintenance: A little
Easy to look after but may occasionally require some attention in order to thrive.
Situation: Part Shade to Full Shade
Can enjoy several hours of direct sunlight, but also happy in full shade.
Care & Size Guidance

Care & Size Guidance

Caring for Acer palmatum ‘Herhaim’ is relatively simple. Plant it in a location with partial shade, providing protection from intense afternoon sun. Ensure the soil is well-draining and consistently moist, especially during dry spells. Mulching around the base helps retain soil moisture and regulate temperature. Regular watering is essential, but avoid waterlogged conditions.

Flourishing in partially shaded areas with well-draining soil, this variety tolerates some sunlight, although safeguarding it from intense afternoon rays is advisable. Whether used as a focal point or to enhance a garden’s aesthetic, ‘Herhaim’ unquestionably contributes a unique charm to outdoor spaces.

Prune sparingly to maintain its natural form and remove any dead or crossing branches. ‘Herhaim’ is generally pest-resistant, but keeping an eye out for aphids and other common pests is recommended. With proper care and attention, this unique Japanese maple cultivar will thrive, showcasing its exquisite lace-like foliage and adding a touch of elegance to any garden or landscape.

Acer palmatum ‘Herhaim’ is one of the smaller growing of the Japanese Maple cultivars, making it perfect for a large container.

Expert Tip

Mulch heavily with bark chippings to conserve soil moisture.


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