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ACER palmatum 'Burgundy Lace'

Image of Acer palmatum 'Burgundy Lace'

John Rickard

Family

Aceraceae

Botanical Name

ACER palmatum 'Burgundy Lace'

Plant Common Name

Burgundy Lace Japanese Maple, Japanese Maple

General Description

The beautiful Japanese maple is a small deciduous tree native to eastern Asia. This hardy selection features deeply lobed, palmate (hand-shaped) leaves which emerge purple-red in spring, deepen to burgundy-red and dark green in summer, and turn fiery tones in fall. It has been likened to 'Bloodgood' but is less bright and colorful. In winter, the stark gray branches will add to any garden or landscape.

This maple prefers sites with rich, well-drained soil and part sun to part shade. It is versatile in the landscape and may be grown as a feature plant, in a mixed border, or in a container.

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

    Full Sun, Partial Sun, Partial Shade

  • Height

    10'-12' / 3.0m - 3.7m

  • Width

    12'-15' / 3.7m - 4.6m

  • Bloom Time

    Late Spring, Early Summer

  • Native To

    Eastern Asia, China, Japan, Korea

Growing Conditions

  • Soil pH

    Acidic, Neutral, Alkaline

  • Soil Drainage

    Well Drained

  • Soil type

    Clay, Loam, Sand

  • Growth Rate

    Medium

  • Water Requirements

    Average Water

  • Habit

    Oval/Rounded

  • Seasonal Interest

    Spring, Summer, Fall, Winter

Ornamental Features

  • Flower Interest

    Insignificant

  • Flower Color

    Red, Purple

  • Fruit Color

    Red, Green

  • Foliage Color (Spring)

    Red, Burgundy

  • Foliage Color (Summer)

    Red, Dark Green, Burgundy

  • Foliage Color (Fall)

    Red, Burgundy, Bronze

  • Bark Color

    Red, Green, Gray

  • Fragrant Flowers

    No

  • Fragrant Fruit

    No

  • Fragrant Foliage

    No

  • Bark or Stem Fragrant

    No

  • Flower Petal Number

    Single

  • Repeat Bloomer

    No

  • Showy Fruit

    Yes

  • Edible Fruit

    No

  • Showy Foliage

    Yes

  • Foliage Texture

    Medium

  • Foliage Sheen

    Matte

  • Evergreen

    No

  • Showy Bark

    Yes

Special Characteristics

  • Bark Texture

    Smooth

  • Usage

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

  • Sharp or Has Thorns

    No

  • Invasive

    No

  • Self-Sowing

    Yes