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How to Grow Acer Palmatum Dissectum Plants in your Garden

Gardener's HQ Guide to Growing Japanese Maple

Acer palmatum dissectum makes a great plant for growing in your borders, as a stand alone specimen tree, and it also looks great when grown in containers.

How to Grow Japanese Maple in your Garden

Most of the commonly grown cultivars reach between 1.5 to 2.5 m (40 to 100 inches) in height, with a spread of 2.5 to 4 metres (100 to 160 inches).

Japanese maple

Acer palmatum 'Atropurpureum Dissectum' photograph by Leonora (Ellie) Enking, creative Commons.


As a deciduous shrub or small tree, it carries attractive palmate leaves in spring through autumn. These leaves turn a deep red orange or yellow in the autumn. It's flowers are small and purple.

Plants perform well in US zones 5 to 8, and it is rated as UK hardiness H6.

For best results, grow in partial shaded areas with slightly acidic soil. It is imporatant to have good drainage. Be sure to keep the Acer Palmatum Dissectum plant moist by watering in the summer. Provide Protection from the wind.

Japanese Maple Tree cultivars

Some of the most frequently grown cultivars include hindeshojo; Katsura; Bloodgood; Okushimo; Osakazuki; Hana Matoi; Variegatum; and Senkaki

Acer Palmatum Dissectum

Acer Palmatum Dissectum 'Variegatum' by Warren Wang.

Acer palmatum Dissectum Video Growing Guide

Acer palmatum Dissectum Growing and Care Guide

  • Scientific Name: Acer palmatum Dissectum
  • Common Name: Japanese maple
  • Growing Zone: USA: 6 to 8
  • Life Cycle / Plant Type: Tree

Plant Details

  • Plant Height (Inches): 90 to 120
  • Plant Spread (Inches): 120 to 140
  • Time of Bloom: Spring
  • Flower Details: Red
  • Leaf Foliage: Green
  • Fruit:
  • Growth Form: Rounded

Ideal Growing Conditions

  • Best Light Conditions: Shady to full sunlight
  • Rate of Growth: Grows slowly
  • Suitable Soil Types: Acidic, Clay, Loamy, Sandy, Well drained
  • Soil Moisture: Moist

Caring Conditions

  • Care:
  • Level of Maintenance: Low
  • Propagation: Grafting or soft-wood cuttings
  • How to Prune: Requires little to no pruning. In some cases hard pruning can be disruptive.
  • Pests: Aphids and horse chestnut scale are sometimes a problem, mites
  • Diseases: Usually disease free but Verticillium wiltcan be problematic

Further Information




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