• Overview
    Light Needs:
    Partial shade to full sun
    Watering Needs:
    Needs regular watering - weekly, or more often in extreme heat.
    Average Landscape Size:
    Slow-growing to 8 ft. tall, 4 ft. wide in ten years. May reach 10-15 ft. with age.
    Key Feature:
    Dramatic Foliage Color
    Blooms:
    Inconspicuous
  • Detail
    Botanical Pronunciation:Ay-ser pal-MA-tum
    Plant type:Tree
    Deciduous/evergreen:Deciduous
    Sunset climate zones:2 - 10, 12, 14 - 24, 31 - 41
    Growth habit:Round
    Growth rate:Slow
    Average landscape size:Slow-growing to 8 ft. tall, 4 ft. wide in ten years. May reach 10-15 ft. with age.
    Foliage color:Variegated
    Blooms:Inconspicuous
    Garden styleAsian/Zen
    Companion PlantsAzalea (Azalea); Hosta (Hosta); Coral Bells (Heuchera); Japanese Forest Grass (Hakonechloa); Camellia (Camellia)
  • Care
    Care Information
    Provide well-drained, slightly acidic soil. Water deeply at regular intervals during first growing season to establish an extensive root system; reduce frequency once established. Apply a thick layer of mulch to keep root zone cool and conserve moisture. Feed with a general purpose fertilizer when new growth begins in spring.Pruning time: winter.
    Light Needs:
    <strong>Partial Sun / Partial Shade</strong>: These two terms are often used interchangeably to mean 3-6 (or 4-6) hours of sunlight each day. However, there is a difference.
<strong>Partial shade</strong> typically means the plants will appreciate a more gentle exposure such as the weaker morning or early afternoon sun, with the emphasis on providing the minimum needed shade and sheltering from intense late afternoon sun. <strong>Partial sun</strong> typically means the plants <u>need</u> some direct sun, so the emphasis is on meeting the required minimum hours of sunlight, with filtered sunlight or shade the balance of the day.
Both are best with shelter from the harshest late afternoon sun. This shade could be provided by a structure, a wall, larger plants or  tree(s).
    Partial shade to full sun
    Watering Needs:
    Water needs: Moderate
    Needs regular watering - weekly, or more often in extreme heat.

Videos

YouTube Video
NEW
How to Layer a Bed for Curb Appeal (0:50)
Looking to improve your home’s curb appeal? Start with the garden beds! Following these simple steps will give you that...
More Videos >

Stories

NEW
How to Create a Layered Bed
That blank space, whether curbside, across the foundation, or below the porch is a masterpiece of color, texture, and form...
More Blog Posts >