Acer japonicum 'Fairy Lights' | Cultivar Spotlight
Acer japonicum 'Fairy Lights'
The Acer japonicum species is highly admired for its breathtaking fall colors, which last longer than most Acer palmatums. This is why the Japanese often incorporate Acer japonicum into their landscapes for its stunning autumn hues. Typically, most japonicum cultivars are mid-sized trees, but 'Fairy Lights' stands out as a true dwarf variety, reaching a modest size of about 5 ft by 4 ft in 10 years. Originating from Yasmina Rare Plant Nursery in Australia, 'Fairy Lights' unfurls its buds in early spring, revealing large, bright green leaves with a chartreuse-colored eye in the palm that extends outward through the leaf's veins. The leaves are intricately dissected, making this tree exceptionally ornamental. As the name suggests, 'Fairy Lights' showcases a dazzling display of bright yellows, shocking reds, and rich oranges during fall. To prolong this vibrant show, it is recommended to provide protection from the intense afternoon sun. Due to its compact size, slow growth, and appealing form, 'Fairy Lights' is a perfect choice for small plantings in landscapes, fairy gardens, rock and conifer gardens, and container plantings.