Acer palmatum 'STARFISH'

Acer palmatum
Acer palmatum 'STARFISH'
Japanese maple
SIZE/TYPE medium-sized shrub
 taller shrub
LEAVES deciduous broadleaf
COLOUR OF LEAVES +multicoloured:deep red and burgundy red
LOCATION full to partial sun
SOIL TYPE acidic (peaty)
SOIL MOISTURE REQUIREMENTS evenly moist but well-drained
USDA zone (lowest) 5b   (down to -27°C)
FOR ZONE 5+6 Code of winter protection zone 5+6
FOR ZONE 7 Code of winter protection zone 7
BELONGS TO CATEGORIES Deciduous broadleaf
náhled fotonáhled fotonáhled foto

Starfish is a Japanese maple variety with utterly unique leaves which do recall tentacles of the sea creature of the same name. The leaves are palmately divided into commonly 5 narrow fingers with downwardly curved margins. They are deciduous, vivid red as they emerge, deep maroon when mature, and again bright red in autumn.

Starfish maple grows moderately into a well-branched, broadly vase-shaped shrub, reaching about 2 m in both height and width in maturity. It was found and selected among many other maple seedlings by a Dutch grower of magnolias, maples and dogwoods Piet Vergeldt from Lottum. It was granted a European patent No. 33203 in 2012.

Japanese maples need constantly moist soil that has to be well-drained, acidic to neutral, and medium fertile. Keep it mulched all year round. It loves a location with high air humidity, e.g. at a river bank or near a pond but it is not a must. Starfish will grow in full sun as well as partial shade where it will keep its red leaves unlike most other red-leaved maple varieties which tend to gain more green shades without direct sunlight. It is disease tolerant. It hardy and expected to withstand temperatures down to at least -27 °C (USDA zone 5b), and is suitable for outdoor planters, too, if kept moist without a saucer.

Last update 02-01-2023

Acer palmatum
Acer palmatum
  • STANDARD QUALITY - Plants of this group are 1st class quality with number of branches and overall density adequate to their size and age, considering they were container grown.
  • DE LUXE QUALITY - This label guarantees a luxurious quality of manually selected plants that, compared to their height and age, are exceptionally dense and beautiful.
  • EXTRA - These plants are usually mature and bigger specimens with exceptional overall appearance.
  • STANDARD (as described in the plant form) means a tree with a trunk of 190-210 cm and a crown at the top, unless specified differently. The commercial size for trees is their girth measured in the height of 1m from ground.
  • HOBBY - These plants are of the same quality as our standard-quality plants but younger and therefore cheaper.
  • SHRUB - a woody plant with branches growing bushy from the ground level.
  • HALF-STANDARD or MINI-STANDARD - a small tree with shorter trunk, its size is usually specified.
  • FEATHERED - These are trees with branches growing already from the base of the trunk and up along the stem.
  • GRASSES and PERENNIALS - Sizes given usually read the diameter of the pot or the clump, as specified.
LARGE PLANTS over 150 cmspecimens, screening and hedging shrubs

This site uses cookies to provide services and traffic analysis - here you can find details. I use this site for further use of this site ACCEPT.