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

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Plant Care

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.