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Discussion in 'Acer palmatum cultivars (photos)' started by Elmore, Jan 26, 2004.
Here are some photos of my Beni Shichihenge today July 26, 2010
Here is a photo of one of my 'Beni Shichihenge' taken on April 23, 2010. I really like the colors and the shape of this leaf.
just got one yesterday, going to need a bit of shaping but iam up for the challenge!
In my garden Beni Shichihenge has good and bad years. During the bad years (usually the result of hot dry weather early in the spring) the color doesn't impress. This year, however, with a cool and wet spring, the colors were robust and eye-catching. It's a great JM, but I've found it really needs regular pruning for maximum effect.
Ok,just my own opinion,but I think this cultivar deserves more recognition.I know I live in the maple friendly UK but for me this maple is simply the toughest of all my maples.
Since day one it was stuck in the sunniest spot as a young graft,many hours of uninterupted sun and probably the least sheltered of the lot,and I don't think it's ever lost a leaf.....never gets singed,virtually no die back,and considering it's a variegate I think it's amazing.
Sure it's got a dense growth pattern but at least this gives you an option if you like it that way.
Though maybe not my absolute favourite,for the UK at least,it would be the first maple I'd recommend.
Thats good to hear that its a trooper in full sun because thats where mine is headed. i have so much sun on my property i really have to be careful where i am able to plant part and full shade plants. do you guys have pics of your maples?
I have had a fair amount of dieback on several of my 'Beni shichihenge' The treee does not get a lot of attention in my garden other than for a short tiime in spring when the pink is strong.
Today I spent at least an hour or so working on A. palm 'Beni Shichihenge' to get rid of branches that had reverted. These were not just a couple of 6" branches, but major limbs (at least three) that were 4' long. I have had this tree since 1995 and this is the first year I have had a lot of this. Is it common? Also, as I was removing reverted limbs, I noticed that the center of the some of the branches looked brown. Is my tree on the way out?
I recently saw someone else having slight reversion with this cultivar on another forum so you're not alone,though there doesn't seem much mention of it here.For me in allday sun,it's been the most reliable plant in all ways from day one so I suspect it's one of the more reliable variegates.
Interesting you mention brown centres.When pruning this year,I too have seen this on a few different species of plants,including one maple....reminded me of looking at the blunt end of a pencil.I'd also be interested on the forum's views about this though I can't remember if I noticed any other issues with said plants.
Photographing this tree has been a struggle. I look at the pictures above (that I took) and I'm just not wowed. And yet, I remember that in person I really loved it (other than having put peach tones in front of the neighbors' orange toned log home). I think my 'Beni shichihenge' is finally in a location that is appropriate for it (I hope). The dark negative background space and the neighbors' green treeline are creating a nice contrasting backdrop to show off what I love about this tree: that when the light hits it just right, it glows. It is one that draws me from across the yard to come and take a closer look. And the spring pink has a peach tone to it so it's a little different from my 'Orido nishiki'
Great variegation this year.
Bought my first Japanese Maple and planted it yesterday. A beautiful little ‘Beni Schichihenge’. I love these rosy pink variegated leaves!
The rosy pink leaves are quite small. A few branches here and there have larger, all green leaves. Is this the reversion that people talk about? Is it a good idea to get rid of these branches?
@belvedere, good morning, that is indeed a lovely maple you have there.
Re your question, 'yes' remove the small branches with the non variegated leaves as they are the stronger and will revert. I do so on mine yearly OR as soon as I see them appear. A maple can look unsightly if an unvarigated branch is left for a long time, then removed leaving gaping holes.
Hope that's of help and welcome to the wonderful world of Japanese maples.
@Acerholic Thank you so much for your insight and advice. I have trimmed away the green branches. Can’t wait to see the changing color over the season!
@belvedere, so glad to of been of help.
18th April 2022 and my Beni shichihenge in some evening Easter Monday sun.
19th May 2022 and my Beni shichihenge in all it's glory this morning.
14th June 2022 and this one I recommended to @acernoob yesterday. If you love tne pinks and don't want the problems that perhaps 'Taylor' brings, then this one will do the trick.
@Acerholic would you recommend Beni shichihenge over Shojo no mai? From just looking at pictures, I'm not sure if they are that different.
I'm afraid I don't have any experience with Shojo no mai, so cannot honestly answer your question. But I do recommend Beni shichihenge.
And here is famous photo responsible for your Mr. Maple logo!!! WOW! :D
Now that is stunning... wow!