Acer palmatum ‘Ghost Dancer’

('Purple Ghost', Japanese Maple)


Hardiness Zones:

 5a  5b  6a  6b  7a  7b  8a  8b  9a

Quick Overview:

‘Ghost Dancer’ emerges almost solid white with red tips in early spring then the green veins develop spreading through the leaf giving it color. By summer it is almost totally green. Fall color is a nice mix of yellow and red.


Easily grown in moist, organically rich, slightly acidic, well-drained soils in full sun to part shade. Grows well in sandy loams. May be grown in full sun in the northern parts of its growing range, but prefers some part afternoon shade in the southern parts of its growing range. New foliage may scorch in full sun locations in hot summers areas, particularly if soils are not kept consistently moist. Mulch helps retain soil moisture and keep roots cool. Site in locations protected from strong winds. Avoid hot and dry sites. Fertilize in spring before leaves emerge. Pruning is best kept to a minimum, but if needed should be done in late fall to mid winter. Spring or summer pruning often results in significant bleeding.  (Courtesy of the Missouri Botanical Garden Plant Finder)

Additional information

Common Name

'Purple Ghost', Japanese Maple

Botanical Name

Acer palmatum 'Ghost Dancer'


80 gallon

Evergreen or Deciduous


Hardiness Zone

5a, 5b, 6a, 6b, 7a, 7b, 8a, 8b, 9a

Growth Rate


Light Requirements

Part-shade to Shade




5 to 8 ft.

Soil Condition


Water Needs




Foliage Color

Emerges white with green veining, pink tips, matures green

Deer Resistant


Fall Color

Yellow, orange and red

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