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Purple-Leaf Threadleaf Japanese Maple

Acer palmatum 'Dissectum Atropurpureum'

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Purple-Leaf Threadleaf Japanese Maple (Acer palmatum 'Dissectum Atropurpureum') at Oakland Nurseries Inc

Acer palmatum 'Dissectum Atropurpureum' foliage

Acer palmatum 'Dissectum Atropurpureum' foliage

(Photo courtesy of NetPS Plant Finder)

Purple-Leaf Threadleaf Japanese Maple (Acer palmatum 'Dissectum Atropurpureum') at Oakland Nurseries Inc

Acer palmatum 'Dissectum Atropurpureum'

Acer palmatum 'Dissectum Atropurpureum'

(Photo courtesy of NetPS Plant Finder)

Height: 8 feet

Spread: 8 feet

Sunlight:  full sun  partial shade 

Hardiness Zone: 5a

Group/Class: Dissectum


This wonderful small feature tree has fine ferny foliage which emerges a hot reddish purple turning deep purple in summer, finally blazing orange-red in fall; a great choice for a solitary accent in the garden, one of the hardiest Japanese maples

Ornamental Features:

Purple-Leaf Threadleaf Japanese Maple has attractive dark red foliage which emerges burgundy in spring. The small deeply cut ferny palm-shaped leaves are ornamentally significant and turn an outstanding crimson in the fall. Neither the flowers nor the fruit are ornamentally significant.

Landscape Attributes:

Purple-Leaf Threadleaf Japanese Maple is a dense deciduous dwarf tree with a shapely form and gracefully arching branches. It lends an extremely fine and delicate texture to the landscape composition which can make it a great accent feature on this basis alone.

This is a relatively low maintenance dwarf tree, and should only be pruned in summer after the leaves have fully developed, as it may 'bleed' sap if pruned in late winter or early spring. It has no significant negative characteristics.

Purple-Leaf Threadleaf Japanese Maple is ideal for use as a garden accent or patio feature, and is recommended for the following landscape applications;

  • Accent
  • General Garden Use
  • Mass Planting
  • Container Planting
  • Hedges/Screening

Plant Characteristics:

Purple-Leaf Threadleaf Japanese Maple will grow to be about 8 feet tall at maturity, with a spread of 8 feet. It has a low canopy with a typical clearance of 1 feet from the ground. It grows at a slow rate, and under ideal conditions can be expected to live for 60 years or more.

This dwarf tree does best in full sun to partial shade. It prefers to grow in average to moist conditions, and shouldn't be allowed to dry out. It is particular about its soil conditions, with a strong preference for rich, neutral soils. It is somewhat tolerant of urban pollution, and will benefit from being planted in a relatively sheltered location. Consider applying a thick mulch around the root zone in winter to protect it in exposed locations or colder zones.

This is a selected variety of a species not originally from North America.

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