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Japanese Maple 'Little Princess'

Acer palmatum (Dwarf Group) 'Chiyo-hime'

Also known as

Japanese Maple 'Chiyo-hime', Acer 'Little Princess'

Photo by Botanico123 (All rights reserved)

Partial Shade
Moderate 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

Japanese Maple 'Little Princess' Overview

Acer palmatum 'Chiyo-hime' is a deciduous shrub that has a dense and compact habit. In spring, wine-red flushed light-green leaves appear. This colour fades as the leaves mature, leaving this shrub with a vibrant green colour in summer. In autumn, the leaves turning a mellow orange and yellow before falling. It has insignificant flowers in spring, followed by winged fruits in spring/summer. Japanese Maple 'Chiyo-hime' is a popular choice for Bonsai enthusiasts, and Japanese themed gardens; this low-maintenance tree suits urban/courtyard gardens and cottage/informal settings. It provides a mid-level structure and can be grown in a container. Chiyohime was a daughter of the third shogun of the Tokugawa dynasty, and this cultivar has been sold with the English name of Acer 'Little Princess'. It likes a sheltered position in 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 the alkaline side, which 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 or 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. This plant is very similar to Acer palmatum 'Murasaki-kiyohime'

Common problems with Japanese Maple 'Little Princess'

How to propagate Japanese Maple 'Little Princess'


Take softwood cuttings in early summer


In late winter

Special features of Japanese Maple 'Little Princess'

Attractive leaves

Autumn colour

Pot plant

This plants smaller habit makes it ideal to grow in containers Can be trained as Bonsai trees

Other uses of Japanese Maple 'Little Princess'

Grown for its habit and foliage interest