Acer palmatum ‘Tamuke yama’ Dissectum Group

red laceleaf Japanese maple

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Outstanding Qualities

This is one of the best forms of red lace-leaf Japanese maples because it holds its burgundy-red foliage color though the summer. In spring the foliage emerges a deep red, deepening to a rich dark burgundy with fall color erupting in bright scarlet. This maple has a strong cascading habit and will create a striking and graceful specimen as it matures.

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: 6 ft. 0 in. (1.83 meters)

Plant Width-Mature: 12 ft. 0 in. (3.66 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, and autumn foliage color

Colors & Combos

Great Plant Combinations: X Fatshedera lizei ‘Annemieke’, Dryopteris erythrosora, Tsuga canadensis ‘Pendula’, Magnolia sieboldii, Hosta ‘Francee’, Saruma henryi

Great Color Contrasts: gold, white, yellow, green

Great Color Partners: burgundy, bronze

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.
Geek Notes
'Tamukeyama' is one of the older Japanese maple cultivars with records dating back to the year 1710.