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Acer palmatum var. dissectum

Japanese maple

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Plant type

Deciduous tree


Autumn colour



Skill level


Acer palmatum var. dissectum

Plant details

This stunning Japanese maple is well-loved for its filgree leaves which are as fine as lace. Green in summer, these turn rich shades of yellow in autumn. The tree typically forms a sweeping, mushroom-shape and looks particularly beautiful at the edge of a pond. All these qualities have led the Royal Horticultural Society to give it its prestigious Award of Garden Merit (AGM) which is for plants of outstanding excellence. Like other Japanese maples, it needs a partially shaded spot which is protected from cold winds. The soil should be moist but well-drained. It is suitable for growing in a large container, using John Innes No 3 compost, but must be kept well watered.

Family: Aceraceae

Genus: Acer

Species: palmatum

Cultivar: var. dissectum

Plant type: Deciduous tree

Foliage colour: Mid-green

Feature: Autumn colour

Sun exposure: Partial shade

Soil: Well-drained/light, Acidic, Moist

Hardiness: Hardy

Skill level: Experienced

Height: 120cm

Spread: 120cm

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