A close view of the highly dissected foliage of Metamorphosa acer, lime green in the center and orange-pink around the edges.
Bright red flowers against chartreuse foliage on Metamorphosa acer.
Soft orange and yellow colored foliage of Metamorphosa Japanese maple.
Highly dissected foliage is yellow centered and reddish pink edged, all on Metamorphosa Japanese maple.
A rounded shrubby habit on Metamorphosa acer makes it a fascinating specimen.

Metamorphosa™ Acer

Ever-changing color and intricate leaf texture make Metamorphosa™ Japanese maple a fascinating specimen. It’s the kind of plant you’ll want to visit throughout the season to admire each subtle shift. In spring, the leaves emerge bright yellow and quickly develop a pink margin. The margin slowly shifts to white while the inside of the leaf changes to reddish-orange. For the finale in fall, the overall color deepens to a lovely shade of reddish-violet, which really pops when paired with plants that turn yellow or red. Its shrubby habit is quite versatile; you can easily leave it alone or train it into a small multi-stemmed tree. For a specimen that looks high maintenance, but performs well with very little effort, choose a Metamorphosa™.

Why grow Metamorphosa™ Japanese maple?

  • Colorful, changing foliage
  • Interesting texture for foliage
  • Versatile habit

Additional information

Botanical Name

<i>Acer palmatum</i> 'ARJOS1' pp#32,420, cbraf

Zone

5b, 6, 7, 8

Flower Color

Red

Foliage Color

Green, Orange, Red, Yellow

Height

5'-13'

Width/Spread

3'-10'

Exposure

Full Sun, Part Sun

Soil

Well-drained

Bloom Time

Spring

Uses

Borders, Foundations, Mass Planting, Specimen

Features

Compact, Disease resistant, Fall interest, Foliage interest, Landscape plant, Tree

Blooms On

Old wood

Breeder

Mr. van Meuwen + Mr. Keijzer

Plant Type:

Light: Thrives in full to part sun conditions, will not get a colorful foliage show if it is grown in full shade. In warmer climates, it does best when positioned in afternoon shade.

Soil: Quite adaptable to all soil types, just needs to have good drainage.

Water: Average water needs.

Fertilizing: Nothing special is required. If desired, you may apply a granular fertilizer formulated for woody plants in late winter/early spring when the soil is workable.

Pruning: Regular pruning is not recommended. It maintains its most handsome natural habit without much shaping. Dead or damaged wood can be removed at any time, just cut back to a set of leaves.

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