Acer palmatum SHIRAZZ (syn. ‘Gwen’s Rose Delight’) – This New Zealand introduction features new foliage that emerges entirely pink and matures to a greyish-green, with cream and pink margins. The leaves are held on bright red petioles and shifts to scarlet in autumn. SHIRAZZ is an upright maple with an arching growth habit. Grows 15-18′ high by 8-12′ wide. Zone 5.
Acer palmatum ‘Beni-schichihenge’ – With a Japanese name that translates as ‘red and changeful’, you know you can expect something completely different. This cultivar is somewhat similar to ‘Butterfly’ in spring, but with salmon-pink highlights in the creamy-white margins. It is an upright form with irregular leaf lobes (5-7 per leaf). Grows 10-12′ high by 6-8′ wide. Zone 6.
Acer palmatum ‘Butterfly’ – This upright Japanese Maple is a variegated form, with finely serrated greyish-green leaves edged in creamy-white – often infused with pink in spring. The variegated margins shift to a deep magenta in autumn. ‘Butterfly’ is a good choice for smaller urban gardens or for growing in large containers. Grows 12-15′ high by 8-10′ wide. Hardy to zone 5.
Acer palmatum ‘Villa Taranto’ – This linear-leaved Japanese Maple has thin strap-like lobes that emerge a lustrous burgundy and shift to reddish-green by summer. It has a short upright form, somewhat similar to ‘Red Pygmy’, with a rounded dome-shaped crown. The foliage changes to a dramatic golden yellow in the fall. Grows 6-10′ high by 5-7′ wide. Zone 5.
Acer japonicum ‘Green Cascade’ – A hard to find selection with a unique cascading or weeping form that looks beautiful when grown up on a rockery or on a slope. If a dominant leader is staked when young, it will form a somewhat upright tree. The large, finely cut green leaves shift to vibrant yellow, red and orange autumn tones. Grows 4-5′ high by 5-7′ wide. Zone 5.