ACER palmatum 'Metamorphosa'

Commonly known as Japanese maple

A 2018 RHS Plant of the Year finalist. The leaf colour starts a pale yellowish-green, then develops white edging to the leaf in late spring., the leaves turn reddish in parts of the plant in the summer and the autumn colour is a golden-yellow. A true metamorphosis in a season
Further Reading....
  • Deciduous
    Foliage turns gradually to pale green and pale pink with new growth yellow and pink. Autumn colouring is orange-red to red-violet.
  • Height
    3m (10ft)
  • Spread
    3m (10ft)
  • Tall Shrub
    Fast-growing but remains compact. Light orange bark turning green. Inconspicuous flowers in spring. Winged fruits in autumn
  • Hardy - very cold winter
    Hardy in all of UK and northern Europe. Plant can possibly withstand temperatures down to -20°C (-4°F)
  • Partial shade
    Shelter from cold winds and late frosts

ACER palmatum 'Metamorphosa'


This is a simply stunning brand new Japanese maple shown for the first time ever at Chelsea by Burncoose Nurseries and entered into the RHS Plant of the Year competition.

It was bred by Mr van Meuwen and Mr Keijzer of Solid Plants in the Netherlands who have patented it.

The plant starts the year with yellow spring leaves ringed with a reddish-pink edge before gradually turning light green. The edges then fade to light pink before becoming green with a white edge. In late summer the leaves turn to orange-red before becoming red-violet in the autumn. A true metamorphosis in a single season and arguably the best new Japanese maple for decades.

  • Additional Features
    Good to know
    Maximum size in 10-20years
    Pests & Diseases
    Aphids, mites, scale insects, caterpillars, Verticillium wilt, leaf scorch, honey fungus
    Place of origin
    China, Korea, Japan. Garden origin. Netherlands. Messrs Jos van Meuwen and Arjan Keijzer, Solid Plants.
  • Garden Location/Conditions
    Patio / pot plants
    Suitable for small gardens
  • Hardiness
    Fully hardy
  • Leaf Colour (if not green)
    Silver variegated
  • Leaf form
    (see photos above)
  • Pruning group
    Pruning group 1
    Suitable for: Deciduous and evergreen trees, and some deciduous shrubs.
    Pruning: Minimal pruning required. Prune wayward or crossing branches to maintain a healthy framework.
    When: When dormant in the late winter/early spring. Some in the summer/autumn to prevent bleeding of sap.

    RHS group 1
    Late autumn to midwinter
  • Seasonal Interest
  • Soil Conditions
    Fertile moist well-drained soil
  • Tree Shape
    Rounded to broadly spreading
3m (10ft)
Tall Shrub - guide for size not form Average Person
  3m (10ft)

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