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Acer palmatum var. dissectum

Common Name(s):
Japanese lanceleaf maple
'Crimson Queen', 'Ever Red' - deep maroon, 'Virdis', 'Waterfall' - green leaves, 'Inaba Shidara' - large maroon leaves, 'Red Filigree Lace' - finely cut lobes, purple-red color, 'Green Mist', 'Ornatum'
Shrubs, Trees

An attractive deciduous shrub or small tree with a low spreading shape and distinctly divided lacey leaves.  It is in the Aceraceae family and it is native to Japan, Korea, and China. The size and leaf colors vary grately with cultivars.  It works well as a specimen plant near a patio or entryway or planted in groups on the outskirts or a landscape or rock garden.   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. 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.

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.

See also Acer platnum 'Sango-kaku'

8-10 ft.
Palmate 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.
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.
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.
Varies with cultivar; most are rounded and spreading
10-12 ft
Growth Rate:
cpp, fall foliage, deciduous, low maintenance, japanese maple, purple, small tree, red, specimen, fall colors

NCCES plant id: 2809

Acer palmatum var. dissectum Red leaf cultivar
Jeremy Cherfas, CC BY-NC-ND - 2.0
Acer palmatum var. dissectum Green leaves
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Acer palmatum var. dissectum Flowers
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Acer palmatum var. dissectum Young tree
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Acer palmatum var. dissectum 'Green Mist' Acer palmatum var. dissectum 'Green Mist' Close up of leaves
David J. Stang, CC-BY-SA-3.0
Acer palmatum var. dissectum 'Ornatum' Form of Acer palmatum var. dissectum 'Ornatum'
David J. Stang, CC-BY-SA-3.0