Acer palmatum ‘Beni Shi En’

(Beni Shi En Japanese Maple)


Hardiness Zones:

 5a  5b  6a  6b  7a  7b  8a  8b

Quick Overview:

Harold Johnson of Tallassee, Alabama introduced this wonderful variegated Japanese maple born of the south and then gave it a Japanese name that translates to red smoke. The deeply divided leaves emerge more purple than anything else, but will have cream markings starting at the base of the leaf and extending along the margins of most of the lobes. In summer the purple of spring will change to olive green in more shade or bronze in more sun. In late summer new red growth will pop out all over the plant. Fall color is usually orange or red. The really cool thing is that no two leaves will be shaped the same. This is the only significantly variegated maple that will tolerate full sun in the Southeast.

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Easily grown in moist, organically rich, well-drained soils in full sun to part shade. Prefers lightly sun dappled part shade. Avoid hot and dry sites. Leaves may scorch in full sun in hot southern summers. Plant in a location protected from strong winds.  (Courtesy of the Missouri Botanical Garden Plant Finder)

Additional information

Common Name

Beni Shi En Japanese Maple

Botanical Name

Acer palmatum 'Beni Shi En'


25 gallon

Evergreen or Deciduous


Hardiness Zone

5a, 5b, 6a, 6b, 7a, 7b, 8a, 8b

Growth Rate


Light Requirements

Part-shade, Part-sun, Sun


10 ft.



Soil Condition


Water Needs




Foliage Color

Purple with cream markings in spring, olive green in summer

Deer Resistant


Fall Color

orange to red

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