Acer palmatum 'Beni shien'
Acer palmatum ‘Beni Shien’ is possibly the most unique maple introduced in the last fifty years. Harold Johnson of Tallassee, Alabama introduced this wonderful variegated Japanese maple born of the south and then gave it a Japanese name that translates to red smoke. The deeply divided leaves emerge more purple than anything else, but will have cream markings starting at the base of the leaf and extending along the margins of most of the lobes. In summer the purple of spring will change to olive green in more shade or bronze in more sun. In late summer new red growth will pop out all over the plant. Fall color is usually orange or red. The really cool thing is that no two leaves will be shaped the same.
10 year size: Height: 8-10 Feet Width: 6-8 Feet
Spring Color: Purple with Cream Edges
Summer Color: Olive Green, Bronze
Fall Color: Red, Orange
Sun Tolerance: Full
Planting: Elevated, Well Drained Soil