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ACER palmatum 'Dissectum Nigrum'

Image of Acer palmatum var. dissectum 'Dissectum Nigrum'

Family

Aceraceae

Botanical Name

ACER palmatum var. dissectum 'Dissectum Nigrum'

Plant Common Name

Dark Red Dissected Japanese Maple, Dissected Japanese Maple

General Description

Colorful, lacy foliage, that’s the first thing that should come to mind when thinking about dark red dissected Japanese maple. Asian in origin, this vigorous, deciduous tree tends to have a smaller stature than other Japanese maples and sports a broad, mounded appearance. Its fine leaves have a silvery caste in the spring and remain consistently red throughout the growing season.

This adaptable tree prefers sites with rich, well-drained soil and part sun to part shade. It may self sow in the garden, but this should not dissuade anyone from growing it. A versatile landscape plant, dissected Japanese maple may be grown as a feature plant, in a mixed border or trained for bonsai. This selection may sometimes be called 'Ever Red.'

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

    12'-15' / 3.7m - 4.6m

  • Width

    18'-20' / 5.5m - 6.1m

  • Bloom Time

    Early Spring, Spring, Late Spring, Early Summer

  • Native To

    Central Asia, China, Japan, Korea

Growing Conditions

  • Soil pH

    Acidic, Neutral, Alkaline

  • Soil Drainage

    Average

  • Soil type

    Clay, Loam, Sand

  • Growth Rate

    Slow

  • Habit

    Weeping

  • Seasonal Interest

    Spring, Summer, Fall, Winter

Ornamental Features

  • Flower Interest

    Insignificant

  • Flower Color

    Red

  • Fruit Color

    Red, Green

  • Foliage Color (Spring)

    Red, Silver

  • Foliage Color (Summer)

    Red

  • Foliage Color (Fall)

    Red, Dark Red

  • Bark Color

    Gray Green, Gray, Slate 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

    Fine

  • 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