This awesome little plant
discovered in Japan before
1994 is a really exciting addition to the U.S. market. While the new growth
is a very bright almost cherry red the small deeply divided leaves soon harden
off to the classic dark maroon that the Japanese refer to as shojo. This
continues much of the summer, although a relatively small plant, 'Hime shojo'
seems to put on bright red new growth much of the year. This dense little
shrubby tree holds its color very well long into the summer and even all summer
long in cooler parts of its range. Although the best colors are achieved in
full sun, and it will tolerate full sun in most areas, a little shade at some
part of the day is appreciated in hotter climates. Fall color is a bright
cherry red and better than many small cultivars. Its small size and attractive
foliage makes it a wonderful addition to any garden and even does well in containers.