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Shaina Japanese Maple

Acer palmatum 'Shaina'

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Shaina Japanese Maple (Acer palmatum 'Shaina') at Snavely's Garden Corner

Shaina Japanese Maple

Shaina Japanese Maple

(Photo courtesy of NetPS Plant Finder)

Shaina Japanese Maple (Acer palmatum 'Shaina') at Snavely's Garden Corner

Shaina Japanese Maple foliage

Shaina Japanese Maple foliage

(Photo courtesy of NetPS Plant Finder)

Height:  7 feet

Spread:  8 feet

Sunlight:  full sun  partial shade 

Hardiness Zone:  5b

Description:

This dwarf variety is favored for its interesting and compact size, rich purple foliage and fiery orange fall color; perfect in containers and as an accent in the garden; keep evenly moist and add organic matter to soil

Ornamental Features

Shaina Japanese Maple has attractive deep purple foliage with green veins which emerges red in spring. The small palmate leaves are highly ornamental and turn outstanding shades of orange and in the fall. It features subtle corymbs of red flowers rising above the foliage in mid spring before the leaves. It produces red samaras from early to mid fall. The rough gray bark and red branches add an interesting dimension to the landscape.

Landscape Attributes

Shaina Japanese Maple is an open deciduous tree with a strong central leader and a more or less rounded form. Its relatively fine texture sets it apart from other landscape plants with less refined foliage.

This is a relatively low maintenance tree, and should only be pruned in summer after the leaves have fully developed, as it may 'bleed' sap if pruned in late winter or early spring. It has no significant negative characteristics.

Shaina Japanese Maple is recommended for the following landscape applications;

  • Accent
  • Mass Planting
  • Hedges/Screening
  • General Garden Use
  • Container Planting

Planting & Growing

Shaina Japanese Maple will grow to be about 7 feet tall at maturity, with a spread of 8 feet. It tends to be a little leggy, with a typical clearance of 1 foot from the ground, and is suitable for planting under power lines. It grows at a slow rate, and under ideal conditions can be expected to live for 70 years or more.

This tree does best in full sun to partial shade. It prefers to grow in average to moist conditions, and shouldn't be allowed to dry out. It is not particular as to soil pH, but grows best in rich soils. It is somewhat tolerant of urban pollution, and will benefit from being planted in a relatively sheltered location. Consider applying a thick mulch around the root zone in winter to protect it in exposed locations or colder microclimates. This is a selected variety of a species not originally from North America.

Shaina Japanese Maple is a fine choice for the yard, but it is also a good selection for planting in outdoor pots and containers. Because of its height, it is often used as a 'thriller' in the 'spiller-thriller-filler' container combination; plant it near the center of the pot, surrounded by smaller plants and those that spill over the edges. Note that when grown in a container, it may not perform exactly as indicated on the tag - this is to be expected. Also note that when growing plants in outdoor containers and baskets, they may require more frequent waterings than they would in the yard or garden.

 
 
Hardiness Zone Plant Height Minimum Sunlight
Characteristics
Accent  Massing  Screening  Garden  Container 
Applications
Flowers  Fruit  Foliage Color  Fall Color  Texture  Plant Form  Bark 
Ornamental Features

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