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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

Acer palmatum is a deciduous, woody shrub native to parts of Asia and Russia. There are many garden-worthy cultivars available, which have been bred for their leaf shapes and colours.

Acer palmatum var. dissectum is a stunning Japanese maple, grown for its fine, lace-like filgree leaves. Green in summer, these turn rich shades of yellow in autumn. The tree typically forms a gentle weeping habit, making it well-suited to growing at the edge of a pond.

For best results, grow Acer palmatum 'Butterfly' in moist but well-drained soil in partial shade. Protect it from the harshest winds, which may cause leaf scorch.

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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