Acer palmatum var. dissectum atropurpureum
Red Dissected or Lace Leaf Japanese Maple
A-ser pal-MAY-tum dis-SEK-tum at-ro-pur-PEWR-ree-um
- Pendulous form, some even prostrate and must be staked initially, cascading branches, becomes twiggy and dense with age. Leaves 5-13 cm long, divided into 7-10 lobes, each lobe divided further, they are reddish purple to nearly black-red early in the season, but the color may fade in summer, even becoming green. They often have red coloration in fall.
- Needs strong sun for at least part of the day to develop their typical color.
- Several cultivars of Red Dissected Japanese Maple hold their deep red leaf color well into summer, including Crimson Queen and Ever Red.
- Oregon State Univ. campus: in planters between Bexell and Gleeson halls (these are cultivar Ever Red)