Acer palmatum ‘Orangeola’ Dissectum Group

red laceleaf Japanese maple

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Outstanding Qualities

Acer palmatum 'Orangeola' is an exceptional selection of the lace-leaf Japanese maples. The new spring leaves are bright orange-red when they first emerge and retain an orange undertone as they fade to a summertime red-green. The foliage color is enhanced by a second flush of orange-red new growth in mid-summer. Fall color tends to be in dramatic fiery tones of red and orange. One nice feature of this shrubby tree is that it is not as wide spreading as other forms of lace-leaf maples making it an excellent selection for containers.

Quick Facts

Plant Type: weeping tree

Foliage Type: deciduous

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

Plant Width/Spread: 3 ft. 0 in. (0.91 meters)

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

Plant Width-Mature: 7 ft. 0 in. (2.13 meters)

Hardiness: USDA Zones 6 to 9

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

Water Requirements: regular watering

Seasonal Interest: spring, summer, & autumn foliage color

Colors & Combos

Great Plant Combinations: Polystichum neolobatum, Pulmonaria ‘Benediction’, Hosta ‘Sagae’, Acorus gramineus ‘Ogon’, Helleborus foetidus

Great Color Contrasts: gold, white, yellow

Great Color Partners: burgundy, orange

Culture Notes
This lovely shrubby tree develops the best foliage color in full sun to open 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.