ACER palmatum

Commonly known as Japanese maple

  • Deciduous
    Rounded, shallowly to deeply, 5- to 9-lobed, mid-green leaves 5-12cm (2-5in) long, turning orange to yellow or red in autumn.
  • Red
    Red-purple
  • Height
    8m (26ft)
  • Spread
    10m (33ft)
  • Tall Shrub
    Most cultivars are low growing and shrubby.
  • Tree
    Round-headed tree. Tiny flowers are followed by red-winged fruits
  • Hardy - very cold winter
    Hardy in all of UK and northern Europe. Plant can possibly withstand temperatures down to -20°C (-4°F)
  • Partial shade
    Shelter from cold winds and late frosts

ACER palmatum

 
  • Additional Features
    Pests & Diseases
    Aphids, mites, scale insects, caterpillars, Verticillium wilt, leaf scorch, honey fungus.
    Place of origin
    China, Korea, Japan.
  • Hardiness
    Fully hardy
  • Leaf form
    Palmate
    (see photos above)
  • Pruning group
    Pruning group 1
    Suitable for: Deciduous and evergreen trees, and some deciduous shrubs.
    Pruning: Minimal pruning required. Prune wayward or crossing branches to maintain a healthy framework.
    When: When dormant in the late winter/early spring. Some in the summer/autumn to prevent bleeding of sap.

  • Seasonal Interest
    Autumn
    Spring
    Summer
  • Soil Conditions
    Fertile moist well-drained soil
  • Tree Shape
    Rounded to broadly spreading
Acers - Care Guide
Planting to avoid allergic reactions and asthma
Shrubs - Care Guide
Shrubs and Trees - Seeds - 1) Collecting Seeds
Shrubs and Trees - Seeds - 2) Storing Seeds
Shrubs and Trees - Seeds - 3) Planting Seeds
Trees - Care Guide
8m (26ft)
tree - guide for size not form Average Person
  10m (33ft)
 

Buy Varieties of ACER palmatum

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ACER palmatum 'Atropurpureum'

ACER palmatum 'Atropurpureum'

Blood-leaf Japanese maple

purple Japanese maple, brilliant red in autumn

 
2/3 year
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£65.00 each 
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ACER palmatum 'Bloodgood'

ACER palmatum 'Bloodgood'

Japanese maple

striking dark purplish-red foliage, bright red in autumn

 
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£65.00 each 
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ACER palmatum 'Butterfly'

ACER palmatum 'Butterfly'

Japanese maple

palmate leaves suffused cream & pink

 
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ACER palmatum dissectum 'Crimson Queen'

ACER palmatum dissectum 'Crimson Queen'

Cut-leaf maple, Japanese maple

deep reddish purple throughout the summer with fiery autumn tones

 
Small
£35.00 each 
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ACER palmatum dissectum 'Dissectum Atropurpureum'

ACER palmatum dissectum 'Dissectum Atropurpureum'

Cut-leaf maple

purple cut leaf maple

 
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ACER palmatum dissectum 'Garnet'

ACER palmatum dissectum 'Garnet'

Cut-leaf maple, Japanese maple

strong growing form with deep garnet-red leaves with finely cut lobes

 
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ACER palmatum dissectum 'Inaba-shidare'

ACER palmatum dissectum 'Inaba-shidare'

Japanese maple

red stalked leaves with deep purplish lobes. Crimson autumn colour

 
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ACER palmatum dissectum 'Seiryu'

ACER palmatum dissectum 'Seiryu'

Cut-leaf maple, Japanese maple

weeping lace leafed maple with upright growth to 10ft and arching branches. Bright green foliage in spring colouring golden yellow in autumn

 
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ACER palmatum dissectum 'Viridis'

ACER palmatum dissectum 'Viridis'

Green cut-leaf maple

light green, ragged foliage turning crimson in autumn

 
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ACER palmatum 'Emerald Lace'

ACER palmatum 'Emerald Lace'

Japanese maple

arching habit with finely divided green leaves

 
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ACER palmatum 'Kamagata'

ACER palmatum 'Kamagata'

Japanese maple

red-tinted green leaves turning scarlet in autumn

 
Small
£35.00  
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ACER palmatum 'Katsura'

ACER palmatum 'Katsura'

Japanese maple

red stems, golden young foliage

 
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ACER palmatum 'Metamorphosa'

ACER palmatum 'Metamorphosa'

Japanese maple

a 2018 RHS Plant of the Year finalist. The leaf colour starts a pale yellowish-green, then develops white edging to the leaf in late spring., the leaves turn reddish in parts of the plant in the summer and the autumn colour is a golden-yellow. A true metamorphosis in a season

 
Small
£30.00 each 
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£75.00 each 
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ACER palmatum 'Orange Dream'

ACER palmatum 'Orange Dream'

Japanese maple

yellow-golden leaves unfold in spring becoming greenish in summer and orange-yellow as autumn nears

 
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Available again from summer 2024 - Could be any time, June through to end August. This is not a guaranteed date but an estimate and subject to availability.
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ACER palmatum 'Osakazuki'

ACER palmatum 'Osakazuki'

Japanese maple

slightly bronze foliage, scarlet autumn colour

 
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