Acer palmatum Dissectum is a small, mound forming Japanese Maple with highly ornate, deeply dissected foliage. The feathery foliage is a strong lime green, turning striking shades of golden yellow and orange in the Autumn. For the best Autumn colour, plant Dissectum in acid soil, or mix in some ericaceous compost. Lime soil will still be tolerated and a well-draining soil is preferred.
Growing to just 2 x 3 meters in 20 years, Acer palmatum Dissectum is a very small ornamental tree that makes a wonderful feature in small gardens and an ideal backdrop for other plants in larger gardens. It also looks fantastic next to a pond or in a Japanese style garden.
This Dissected Japanese Maple is hardy but prefers a sheltered position. Dappled shade is ideal, protecting the delicate cut-leaf foliage from the harsh sun which can be drying, as can prevailing winds.
- Position: partial shade
- Soil: fertile, moist, well-drained neutral to acid soil
- Rate of growth: slow-growing
- Flowering period: April to May
Hardiness: fully hardy