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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, and also looks great when grown in containers.

How to Grow Japanese Maple in your Garden

Most 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). As a deciduous shrub or small tree it carries attractive palmate leaves in spring through autumn. The 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 is UK hardiness H6.

For best results grow in partial shaded areas with slightly acidic soil with good drainage. Be sure to keep the plant moist by watering in the summer, and protect it from wind.

Japanese maple

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


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

Quick Acer palmatum Dissectum Growing and Care Guide

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

Plant Details

  • Plant Height (Inches): 90 to 120
  • Plant Spread (Inches): 120 to 140
  • Time of Bloom: Spring
  • Color of Bloom: Red
  • Leaf Foliage Detail: Green
  • 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
  • Moisture: Moist

Caring Conditions

  • 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

  • Can Attact:
  • Tolerant of: Rabbit, Black Walnut
  • Best used in: Cascades, Specimen
  • Miscellaneous : Non-native to North America, Inconspicuous flowers or blooms
  • Main Species Detail: Acer palmatum and Acer palmatum Atropurpureum
  • Further Reading: Here and Here


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