Japanese maple

Acer palmatum var. dissectum 'Inaba-shidare'

Japanese maple - Acer palmatum var. dissectum  'Inaba-shidare'

Common Name: Japanese maple
Genus: Acer
Species: palmatum var. dissectum
Cultivar: 'Inaba-shidare'

The Latin translation of the word Acer refers to the texture and strength of the wood that plants in this Genus produce. Palmatum is a reference to the hand shaped leaves.

Category: Trees
Growth Rate: Slow growing
Features: Has interesting foliage, Suitable for growing in containers, Has colourful autumn foliage

Hardiness: HardyHeight: 3.00 m (300 cm)
Sun/Shade: Partial shadeSpread: 4.00 m (400 cm)

Foliage Type: Deciduous
Foliage Colour: Purple, RedFlowering Period: April & May

Soil Type: Acidic
Ericaceous: Requires a neutral or acid soil (or ericaceous compost), with a pH of 7 or below
Soil Moisture: Moist, but well drained

This popular tree has widely spaced filigree-like burgundy leaves that turn brilliant crimson in autumn. It forms an upright compact little mound which makes it a perfect focal point for in a small garden particularly in a container. Or try it alongside an ornamental pool where its sculptural shape will be reflected in the water. It needs a sheltered spot away from strong winds or scorching sun though its leaf colour is best enjoyed in a sunny position.

  • Garden care: Add a top-dressing of a multi-purpose fertiliser around the base of a newly planted tree in late spring and keep well watered. No routine pruning is necessary. Remove any dead, damaged or crossing branches in April.

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