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ACER palmatum 'Atrolineare'

Image of Acer palmatum 'Atrolineare'

James H. Schutte

Family

Aceraceae

Botanical Name

ACER palmatum 'Atrolineare'

Plant Common Name

Atrolineare Japanese Maple, Japanese Maple, Red Pygmy Japanese Maple

General Description

The beautiful and ubiquitous Japanese maple is a small deciduous tree native to eastern Asia. Its cultivar 'Atrolineare' features red, palmate (hand-shaped) leaves that are divided into narrow finger-like lobes. The gray bark is attractive throughout the year.

This maple grows best in moist well drained soil and part shade. Japanese maples are very versatile; they work well as a garden specimen, in containers, and for bonsai.

Characteristics

  • AHS Heat Zone

    8 - 2

  • USDA Hardiness Zone

    6 - 8

  • Sunset Zone

    A3, 2a, 2b, 3a, 3b, 4, 5, 6, 7, 8, 9, 10, 12, 14, 15, 16, 17, 18, 19, 20, 21, 22, 23, 24

  • Plant Type

    Tree

  • Sun Exposure

    Partial Sun, Partial Shade

  • Height

    10'-15' / 3.0m - 4.6m

  • Width

    10'-15' / 3.0m - 4.6m

  • Bloom Time

    Spring

  • Native To

    Eastern Asia, China, Japan, Korea

Growing Conditions

  • Soil pH

    Acidic, Neutral

  • Soil Drainage

    Average

  • Soil type

    Clay, Loam, Sand

  • Growth Rate

    Medium

  • Water Requirements

    Average Water

  • Habit

    Upright/Erect

  • Seasonal Interest

    Spring, Summer, Fall, Winter

Ornamental Features

  • Flower Interest

    Insignificant

  • Flower Color

    Red, Purple

  • Fruit Color

    Red, Green

  • Foliage Color (Spring)

    Purple, Burgundy, Dark Red, Bronze

  • Foliage Color (Summer)

    Purple, Burgundy, Dark Red, Bronze

  • Foliage Color (Fall)

    Burgundy, Dark Red, Bronze

  • Bark Color

    Gray

  • Fragrant Flowers

    No

  • Fragrant Fruit

    No

  • Fragrant Foliage

    No

  • Bark or Stem Fragrant

    No

  • Repeat Bloomer

    No

  • Showy Fruit

    No

  • Edible Fruit

    No

  • Showy Foliage

    Yes

  • Foliage Texture

    Fine

  • Foliage Sheen

    Matte

  • Evergreen

    No

  • Showy Bark

    Yes

Special Characteristics

  • Bark Texture

    Smooth

  • Usage

    Container, Feature Plant, Foundation, Mixed Border, Topiary / Bonsai / Espalier

  • Sharp or Has Thorns

    No

  • Invasive

    No

  • Self-Sowing

    Yes