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Acer japonicum 'Vitifolium'

Downy Japanese maple

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Plant type

Deciduous tree

Flower colour



Autumn colour, Dramatic foliage



Skill level


Acer japonicum 'Vitifolium'

Plant details

Acer japonicum is a maple native to Japan and southern Korea. A small deciduous tree growing to a height of just 100cm, it’s a popular choice in small gardens. Japanese maples are known for their spectacular autumn colours, and there are many garden-worthy cultivars, which have been bred to produce an even more dramatic autumn show.  

Acer japonicum 'Vitifolium' can be grown as a shrub or small tree. It's a vigorous, bushy cultivar with more deeply cut leaves than other cultivars, and it provides a dramatic splash of autumn colour. The Royal Horticultural Society has given it its Award of Garden Merit (AGM).

Acer japonicum 'Vitifolium' can be grown on its own as a feature in its own right, or among other plants in a mixed herbaceous border. It does best in a sheltered spot, where it's protected from the worst of the elements.

Family: Aceraceae

Genus: Acer

Species: japonicum

Cultivar: Vitifolium

Plant type: Deciduous tree

Flower colour: Red

Foliage colour: Purple, Mid-green, Golden

Feature: Autumn colour, Dramatic foliage

Sun exposure: Full sun, Partial shade

Soil: Well-drained/light, Moist

Hardiness: Hardy

Skill level: Beginner

Height: 500cm

Spread: 500cm

Flowering period: March to April

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