Variegated Snake-bark Maple. Acer rufinerve 'Hatsu yuki' is a beautiful variegated snake-bark maple whose Japanese name translates into "first snow." It has thick sturdy three lobbed leaves which withstand the stress of wind and sun rather well. It has fantastic fall colors of yellow, orange , red and sometimes even purple! It is a strong fast vigorous grower to 20' or more. This is a medium growing species which will amaze you with its vigor even in our southern heat. It is best sited in the Deep South where it would get some afternoon protection from the sun, but full morning sun would be fine. In other areas full sun is acceptable. These plants are not grafted but are on their own roots.