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Acer palmatum var. dissectum is often confused with:
Acer palmatum 'Sango-kaku' Acer palmatum 'Sango-kaku'
Native alternative(s) for Acer palmatum var. dissectum:
Acer glabrum Acer glabrum var. diffusum
Plants that fill a similar niche:
Acer japonicum Acer japonicum
Acer palmatum 'Sango-kaku' Acer palmatum 'Sango-kaku'
Acer palmatum  Acer Palmatum

Japanese Lanceleaf Maple Acer palmatum var. dissectum

Other Common Name(s):

Previously known as:

  • A. palmatum f. palmatididum
Description

An attractive deciduous shrub or small tree with a low spreading shape and distinctly divided lacey leaves.  It is in the Sapindaceae family and it is native to Japan, Korea, and China. The size and leaf colors vary greatly with cultivars.  It works well as a specimen plant near a patio or entryway or planted in groups on the outskirts of a landscape or rock garden. New foliage may scorch in full sun* locations in hot summer areas, particularly if soils are not kept consistently moist. Mulch helps retain soil moisture and keep roots cool. Avoid hot and dry sites. Site in locations protected from strong winds. 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.  

Site: Prefers moist, organically rich, slightly acidic, well-drained soils in full sun* to part shade but prefers some part afternoon shade. Grows well in sandy loams. Makes a good dappled shade understory plant.

Insects, Diseases and Other Plant Problems:  No serious insect or disease problems. Young leaves that emerge in early spring can be subject to frost damage.  High pH soils cause chlorosis.

 

Cultivars / Varieties:
  • 'Crimson Queen'
  • 'Ever Red'
    Deep maroon
  • 'Green Mist'
  • 'Inaba Shidara'
    Large maroon leaves
  • 'Ornatum'
  • 'Red Filigree Lace'
    Finely cut lobes, purple-red color
  • 'Seiryu'
  • 'Tamukeyama'
  • 'Virdis'
  • 'Waterfall' - green leaves
Tags:
#purple#red#deciduous#fall color#small tree#water garden#specimen#container plant#maple#japanese maple#feathery leaves#showy leaves#low maintenance#cpp#ponds#rock garden
 
Cultivars / Varieties:
  • 'Crimson Queen'
  • 'Ever Red'
    Deep maroon
  • 'Green Mist'
  • 'Inaba Shidara'
    Large maroon leaves
  • 'Ornatum'
  • 'Red Filigree Lace'
    Finely cut lobes, purple-red color
  • 'Seiryu'
  • 'Tamukeyama'
  • 'Virdis'
  • 'Waterfall' - green leaves
Tags:
#purple#red#deciduous#fall color#small tree#water garden#specimen#container plant#maple#japanese maple#feathery leaves#showy leaves#low maintenance#cpp#ponds#rock garden
  • Attributes:
    Genus:
    Acer
    Species:
    palmatum var. dissectum
    Family:
    Sapindaceae
    Uses (Ethnobotany):
    Makes a good dappled shade understory plant.
    Life Cycle:
    Woody
    Country Or Region Of Origin:
    Japan, Korea, and China
    Particularly Resistant To (Insects/Diseases/Other Problems):
    Sandy loam soil
    Dimensions:
    Height: 8 ft. 0 in. - 10 ft. 0 in.
    Width: 10 ft. 0 in. - 12 ft. 0 in.
  • Whole Plant Traits:
    Plant Type:
    Shrub
    Tree
    Leaf Characteristics:
    Deciduous
    Habit/Form:
    Rounded
    Spreading
    Growth Rate:
    Slow
    Maintenance:
    Low
    Medium
    Texture:
    Fine
  • Cultural Conditions:
    Light:
    Dappled Sunlight (Shade through upper canopy all day)
    Full sun (6 or more hours of direct sunlight a day)
    Partial Shade (Direct sunlight only part of the day, 2-6 hours)
    Soil Texture:
    High Organic Matter
    Loam (Silt)
    Sand
    Soil pH:
    Acid (<6.0)
    Neutral (6.0-8.0)
    Soil Drainage:
    Good Drainage
    NC Region:
    Coastal
    Mountains
    Piedmont
    Usda Plant Hardiness Zone:
    5a, 5b, 6a, 6b, 7a, 7b, 8a, 8b
  • Fruit:
    Display/Harvest Time:
    Fall
    Summer
    Fruit Type:
    Samara
  • Flowers:
    Flower Color:
    Gold/Yellow
    Purple/Lavender
    Red/Burgundy
    Flower Inflorescence:
    Umbel
    Flower Bloom Time:
    Spring
    Flower Description:
    Small reddish-purple umbles in spring (April) give way to two-winged samaras which ripen in late summer to early fall. While the flowers are attractive close up, like most maples they are not showy from a distance.
  • Leaves:
    Leaf Characteristics:
    Deciduous
    Leaf Color:
    Green
    Orange
    Purple/Lavender
    Red/Burgundy
    Leaf Value To Gardener:
    Showy
    Deciduous Leaf Fall Color:
    Orange
    Red/Burgundy
    Leaf Type:
    Simple
    Leaf Arrangement:
    Opposite
    Leaf Margin:
    Dentate
    Lobed
    Hairs Present:
    No
    Leaf Length:
    3-6 inches
    Leaf Description:
    Palmately veined, green leaf (2-5" long) has 5 to 7 but less frequently 9 toothed lobes that are deeply cut to the base of the leaf. Dissectum means deeply cut in reference to the deeply cut, feathery nature of the leaves. Young leaves that emerge in early spring can be subject to frost damage.
  • Stem:
    Stem Is Aromatic:
    No
  • Landscape:
    Landscape Location:
    Container
    Patio
    Small Space
    Walkways
    Landscape Theme:
    Fairy Garden
    Rock Garden
    Water Garden
    Design Feature:
    Accent
    Border
    Specimen
    Resistance To Challenges:
    Rabbits