Acer palmatum Olsen’s Frosted Strawberry is a stunning pink, dwarf, reticulated Japanese maple. Harry Olsen discovered the cultivar which was a seedling from Aka Shigitatsu Sawa.
To get the most vibrant pink colors, and keep them longer, this tree needs some protection from the hot afternoon sun. For example, too much sun could cause the leaves to turn brownish red. And too much shade will produce pale pinks that quickly fade to green.
Olsen’s Frosted Strawberry Spring Leaves
Frosted Strawberry emerges in the spring with radiant pink foliage that’s deeply divided and slightly ruffled. The reticulated leaves show dark red veins, and the stems are a rich dark brown color.
Similar to other pink reticulated Japanese maples, Olsen’s Frosted Strawberry also prefers a shady location out of the hot sun. However, you do need to give it enough sun to enhance the pink tones. Otherwise this beautiful little tree will only get a slight blush of pink before turning whitish green.
As the heat of summer sets in, most pink reticulated Japanese maples begin to either turn rusty red-brown if they’re in the sun, or more pale white and green if they’re in the shade. However, you may be rewarded with a new flush of smaller pink leaves that bring new interest to the tree.
Acer Palmatum Olsen’s Frosted Strawberry Size and Hardiness
Frosted Strawberry is a small dwarf Japanese maple that will reach about 6 feet tall and wide in 10 years if you plant it in the ground. However, if you keep it in a pot, it will probably reach about 4 feet tall in 10 years.
Buy Olsen’s Frosted Strawberry Japanese Maple
Our inventory constantly changes, so if you don’t see Acer palmatum Olsen’s Frosted Strawberry at the moment, just send us an email. We may have some trees we didn’t list on the website, and we update our inventory in the spring each year.
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