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Acer palmatum var. dissectum Dissectum Atropurpureum Group

Japanese maple

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Key information

Plant type

Deciduous shrub


Autumn colour



Skill level


photo by Rob Whitworth, copyright GAP Photos (117952)

Plant details

This is a mound-forming Japanese maple with arching shoots and leaves that are deeply lobed and finely cut. In autumn the rich purple leaves turn bright red. It makes an excellent plant for a container, filled with ericaceous compost. Japanese maples naturally grow under the protective canopy of larger trees. To avoid their leaves turning brown and crispy, try to replicate these conditions by growing Japanese maples in a sheltered spot and keeping moist in summer. The Royal Horticultural Society has given it its prestigious Award of Garden Merit which is for plants of outstanding excellence.

Family: Aceraceae

Genus: Acer

Species: palmatum

Cultivar: var. dissectum Dissectum Atropurpureum Group

Plant type: Deciduous shrub

Foliage colour: Purple

Feature: Autumn colour

Sun exposure: Partial shade

Soil: Well-drained/light, Clay/heavy, Acidic, Chalky/alkaline

Hardiness: Hardy

Skill level: Experienced

Height: 200cm

Spread: 300cm

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