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A picture of a Japanese Maple 'Beni-Maiko'

Japanese Maple 'Beni-Maiko'

Acer palmatum (Palmatum Group) 'Beni-maiko'

Also known as

Maple 'Beni-Maiko'

Photo by Mr_Bluesky (All rights reserved)

Full Sun
Easy care
Moderate watering
Frost Hardy


RHS hardiness


Minimum temperature

Expected size








10 years to reach maturity


  • spring
  • summer
  • autumn
  • winter

This plant has no fragrance

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A close up of the bright red leaves of Acer palmatum 'Beni Maiko' (Red Haired Dancing Girl)

Japanese Maple 'Beni-Maiko' Overview

Acer palmatum 'Beni-maiko' is a small, compact and bushy shrub or small tree cultivar. Its bright red leaves emerge in spring. These then develop a pinkish tint, before turning red-green in summer. They turn yellow, orange then deep red in Autumn. They then fall. It likes a sheltered position in full sun or partial shade. Leaf colour will be more impressive when grown in a slightly shaded area, but it will tolerate full sun if soil conditions are moist enough; otherwise, leaf scorch may occur. It prefers soil that is on the acid rather than alkaline side, and that is moist but well-drained. So keep well watered during dry spells (and regularly water newly planted trees). Additional plant feed may be required for potted/container grown specimens. Acers can also benefit from spring and/or winter mulching with a helping of ericaceous material such as pine needles or chopped bracken. Little to no pruning is recommended, however removing dead or unwanted branches can be done in late autumn to midwinter. A low-maintenance plant, Acer palmatum 'Beni-maiko' is a welcome addition to many garden styles, including courtyard gardens, rock gardens and Japanese style gardens. It is ideal for growing in containers, in woodland gardens and on banks and slopes. It produces insignificant small flowers that are followed by winged fruits in spring/summer. Commonly known by the names Japanese Maple 'Beni-Maiko' and Maple 'Beni-Maiko', which means "Red-Haired Dancing Girl", this lovely cultivar has earned a Royal Horticultural Society Award of Garden Merit.

Common problems with Japanese Maple 'Beni-Maiko'

How to propagate Japanese Maple 'Beni-Maiko'


Take soft wood cuttings in early summer.


Special features of Japanese Maple 'Beni-Maiko'

Attractive leaves

Autumn colour

Pot plant