Acer palmatum ‘Viridis’ Dissectum Group

green laceleaf Japanese maple

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Outstanding Qualities

This captivating dwarf Japanese maple with bright green, lacey foliage and strongly cascading branches forms an elegant dome-shaped specimen over time. In autumn the leaves turn bright orange with golden yellow undertones and crimson highlights. It is the most vigorous and adaptable of the green foliaged laceleaf maples. Mature plants have lovely and elegantly twisted branches that standout through the winter months.

Quick Facts

Plant Type: weeping tree

Foliage Type: deciduous

Plant Height: 4 ft. 0 in. (1.22 meters)

Plant Width/Spread: 7 ft. 0 in. (2.13 meters)

Plant Height-Mature: 12 ft. 0 in. (3.66 meters)

Plant Width-Mature: 8 ft. 0 in. (2.44 meters)

Hardiness: USDA Zones 5 to 8

Sun/Light Exposure: full sun or light to open shade

Water Requirements: regular watering

Seasonal Interest: autumn foliage color

Colors & Combos

Great Plant Combinations: Athyrium ‘Ghost’, Carex oshimensis ‘Evergold’, Pieris japonica ‘Cavatine’, Hydrangea ‘Preziosa’, Acer japonicum ‘Aconitifolium’, Lilium martagon

Great Color Contrasts: red, orange, white, burgundy

Great Color Partners: chartreuse, dark green, gold

Culture Notes
This lovely shrubby tree develops the best fall color in full sun to open shade, but will still thrive in dappled shade. Japanese maples are surprisingly flexible in their soil requirements. Although they will grow best in a rich well-drained soil, they will also do well in sandy soils and clay. To prevent the fine leaves from burning at the tips, water the tree regularly during dry weather. Well pruned Japanese maples are an art form in the garden and require an expert touch, so consult an experienced pruner or take local classes before attempting to prune. To reduce the need for pruning, place these wide spreading plants in areas will ample room.