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  • Acer palmatum 'Butterfly' Tree
  • Acer palmatum 'Butterfly' Tree
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Acer palmatum 'Butterfly' Tree

Variegated Japanese Maple Trees

from From £29.99 (ex. VAT)
( £35.99 (ex. VAT) inc. VAT)

This colourful Japanese maple Butterfly is a small, compact shrub with an upright habit, ideal for container growing or to be used as a feature tree in smaller gardens. Acer palmatum Butterfly showcases an abundance of tiny red flowers in spring, and red, winged fruits in late summer. Both offer a wonderful contrast against grey-green foliage, speckled with cream and pink hues. The leaves become edged with a deeper pink colour in autumn and the cream areas turn a vibrant scarlet before falling.

This low maintenance ornamental tree will grow to an estimated height and spread of 2.5 x 2 metres in 20 years (1m x 60cm in 10 years) and similar to other Japanese maples, prefers a sunny or partially shaded spot with moist, well-drained soil. Sometimes slow growing when young but rewarding when mature.

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Variety Root Type Height Now Form ? Price Qty Basket
Acer palmatum 'Butterfly' Acer palmatum 'Butterfly'
3L pot 25-35cm Pruned & Shaped Tree £29.99 (ex. VAT)
Acer palmatum 'Butterfly' Acer palmatum 'Butterfly'
4L pot 50-60cm Pruned & Shaped Tree £34.99 (ex. VAT)
Acer palmatum 'Butterfly' Acer palmatum 'Butterfly'
10L pot 60-90cm Pruned & Shaped Tree £44.99 (ex. VAT)
Acer palmatum 'Butterfly' Acer palmatum 'Butterfly'
15L pot 80-100cm Pruned & Shaped Tree £49.99 (ex. VAT)
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Please note: Sunday 17th December is the last order date for Christmas delivery (excludes pleached and mature trees which have an earlier deadline).

Delivery Timescales

All trees are carefully packed by our experienced team. Most deliveries are made within a week of placing the order, with many being despatched to our tried and tested couriers within 24 hours. To be on the safe side allow up to 10 working days for despatch. These trees are sent on a 'no signature required' basis, so there's no need to be in to receive your delivery. You can give instructions on where to leave it via the checkout or send us an email (

There is a slightly longer timescale on pleached and mature trees (trees over 2.5m in height) because we group orders together by geographic area for specialist delivery - we will contact these customers to notify them of the delivery date and whether the delivery driver needs help unloading the trees.

Gift trees and other trees required for arrival on a specific date can be accommodated with pleasure at no extra charge, although we accept no legal responsibility for late deliveries.

Our nursery is a busy despatch centre and therefore customers need to make an appointment to collect or view trees.  For collections, despatch charges will be refunded.


Delivery Costs

1 small tree (most trees with a height under 1.5 metres) : £7.95 + vat

1 medium tree (most trees with a height of 1.5-2 metres) or 2-4 small trees: £9.95 + vat

2+ medium trees or 5+ small trees: £12.95 + vat

1-4 large trees (trees too large to fit in a box): £19.95 + vat

Mature trees, pleached trees or 5+ large trees: Cost is calculated in the checkout process and varies by postcode. You can buy as many trees as you want for the same delivery cost and so it can work out to be economical.

The above prices exclude the Scottish Highlands, where delivery starts from £24.95 + vat and is calculated in the checkout process.


Northern Ireland, Channel Islands and Non Mainland UK

Our courier charges are not viable for just one or two trees, but if you have a larger requirement then please do speak to us and we'll see if we can find a solution.

Planting Advice for Acer Palmatum Butterfly Trees

When planting Japanese Maple trees, such as Acer Palmatum Butterfly Tree, it is important to prepare the planting area well. Pot grown acer trees can be planted at any time of the year. You will need to carry out the following to prepare your planting site.

Firstly, remove all weeds and grass within a metre of your desired planting hole then dig a hole as deep as your root mass and approximately 2x as wide. We recommend digging a square hole as this encourages the roots to grow straight as opposed to around inside the hole. To help your tree establish more effectively, we advise applying root grow (sprinkle in the hole for pot grown trees), especially if you have poor soil.

Using 50% of the original soil and 50% compost, fill in the hole and firm around gently. Make sure not to bank the soil up around the collar of the tree as this can cause problems. When planting Japanese maple trees, you should use ericaceous compost when possible as this encourages vibrant foliage colour. To see how to use a tree stake and tie, watch our informational how to videos.

Aftercare Advice for Acer Palmatum Butterfly Trees

If you’re planting in dry weather, water well and regularly for the first few months. The same goes for spring and summer planting. Make sure to keep an eye on your young tree and increase watering if there are extended periods of hot or dry weather. If you’re planting in autumn, you may only need to water your tree a little. If there is snow fall, gently brush the snow from the branches to ensure it does not weigh down the framework and cause damage. If possible, use rain water instead of tap water as this is more acidic and better for foliage colour. We also stock a range of irrigation kits, suitable for a variety of planting schemes.

Once planted, it is important to keep the area free of competing weeds and grass for the first couple of growing seasons. Using a glyphosate based weed killer or installing mulch matting and bark chips will aid in this. Do not simply mow the grass around the area as this will only encourage it to grow more vigorously. If you know your area is prone to rabbits, we would advise using a rabbit guard.

Pruning Advice for Japanese maple Butterfly trees

Pruning should be carried out in the dormant season, from November to March. Japanese Maple trees bleed during other times of the year so pruning can weaken the branches. However, Japanese Maple trees very rarely need pruning. The natural shape is normally the most attractive and pruning should be carried out with a less is more approach. Only remove, crossing, damaged or diseased branches.

Acer palmatum 'Butterfly' Tree (Variegated Japanese Maple Trees) Description

  • Common name: Japanese maple Butterfly
  • Height and spread in 20 years: 2.5 x 2 metres
  • Seasons of interest: Spring, Summer, Autumn
  • Foliage: Small red flowers amongst grey-green variegated foliage in spring, red fruits appearing in summer and leaves turning shades of pink and scarlet in the autumn
  • Soil: Tolerant of most soils, but prefers moist, well-drained conditions