Amagi Shigure Japanese Maple Leaves & Bark
Amagi Shigure Japanese maple has some of the most intense brick red colors I’ve seen in a tree. The spring colors are eye-popping fuchsia, shifting to deep brick red with dark greenish black veins. Leaves that get more shade take on a pale whitish-pink tone with vibrant green reticulation.
Then, the chilly air of autumn brings flushes of red, orange and purple to the foliage.
Spring Leaves of Amagi Shigure
Even the bark is amazing on this tree! Older branches are a soft dusty gray-brown, and growth from a few years ago is a pale grayish jade. Then, new growth is a deep cherry-brown. Amagi Shigure is full, but not dense. It’s also slightly leggy in places (which is wonderful, because it gives you plenty of views of that bark).
History, Habit & Hardiness
Amagi Shigure Japanese maple was discovered in Japan, and while it resembles ‘Kasagi yama’, the color lasts much longer. It is also similar to Purple Ghost from the Buchholz series. But, it’s slightly smaller, and less vigorous. While the tree is hardy down to -20°F, I find it a bit more delicate. I recommend sheltering it if your winters dip below -10°F with windchill.
Acer Palmatum Amagi Shigure will grow to about 6 feet high and 3 feet wide in 10 years.
There’s an interesting forum discussion about the tree here that you may want to explore as well.
More Pink Japanese Maples
If you love pink maples, here are a few more of our favorites to check out: