Acer palmatum 'Shojo nomura'
'Shojo nomura' means "beautiful red faced monkey" and this vivid image seems to fit this wonderful small tree. Decidedly upright, 'Shojo nomura' emerges dark purple almost black in early spring but later growth is decidely red and seems to be more red than purple most of the season. It holds its color in our gardens as long as any upright palmatum we grow and if it does fade to green in very hot years it never bronzes out like other red cultivars. Also it seems to hold it's color better in shade than most varieties. Brilliant effects can be obtained by planting this tree where its translucent leaves can be back lit by the morning or evening sun. Fall color is red and usually outstanding.
10 Year Size: Height: 16-18 feet Width: 6-8 feet
Spring Color: Burgundy
Summer Color: Copper
Fall Color: Red
Sun Tolerance: Full
Planting: Elevated, Well Drained Soil