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ACER palmatum 'Lionheart'

Image of Acer palmatum var. dissectum 'Lionheart'

Family

Aceraceae

Botanical Name

ACER palmatum var. dissectum 'Lionheart'

Plant Common Name

Dissected Japanese Maple, Lionheart Dissected Japanese Maple

General Description

A small multi-stemmed deciduous tree native to eastern Asia, the beautiful and ubiquitous Japanese maple is a garden staple. Bearing the deeply and narrowly lobed leaves characteristic of the Dissectum Group of Japanese maples, 'Lionheart' differs from most other Dissectums in its relatively upright habit, especially when young. The lacy red-purple leaves, elegant spreading habit, and deep red bark of this cultivar make it a year-round standout in the landscape. The leaves mature to bronze before turning brilliant red in fall. Inconspicuous purplish flowers in spring give rise to green, red-tinged, winged fruits. In winter, the stark arching branches of a mature specimen will add to any garden or landscape.

Japanese maples prefer sites with rich, well-drained soil and part sun to part shade. They fare poorly in hot, dry, or windy locations. Some self-sowing may occur. This cultivar is versatile in the landscape and may be grown as a feature or container plant or in a mixed border.

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'-15' / 3.0m - 4.6m

  • Width

    10'-15' / 3.0m - 4.6m

  • Bloom Time

    Spring

  • Native To

    Eastern Asia

Growing Conditions

  • Soil pH

    Acidic, Neutral, Alkaline

  • Soil Drainage

    Average

  • Soil type

    Clay, Loam, Sand

  • Growth Rate

    Slow

  • 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)

    Purple, Burgundy

  • Foliage Color (Summer)

    Purple, Burgundy, Bronze

  • Foliage Color (Fall)

    Red

  • Bark Color

    Dark Red, 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, Foundation, Mixed Border, Topiary / Bonsai / Espalier

  • Sharp or Has Thorns

    No

  • Invasive

    No

  • Self-Sowing

    Yes