Japanese maple ‘Dissectum Atropurpureum’ (Acer palmatum ‘Dissectum Atropurpureum’)
Acer palmatum ‘Dissectum Atropurpureum’ (Laceleaf Japanese maple ‘Dissectum Atropurpureum’) is a cultivar of Japanese Maple that is slow-growing with broadly arching habit. The deep purple leaves, lobed and finely toothed turn red in autumn before falling.
Plant profileCommon name: Laceleaf Japanese maple 'Dissectum Atropurpureum'
Scientific name: Acer palmatum 'Dissectum Atropurpureum'
Plant type: Trees
Height: 1.5m - 3m
Spread: 1.5m - 3m
Foliage color: Purple (spring), Purple (summer), Red (autumn)
Season of interest: Autumn, Spring, Summer
Sunlight: Full Sun, Partial shade
Soil: Chalk, Clay, Loam
Moisture: Moist but well drained
Garden type: Informal Garden, Japanese Garden
Planting type: Flower borders and bedding, Low Maintenance
Acer palmatum ‘Dissectum Atropurpureum’ should be planted in a full sun position for better fall color, but a partial shade is the best option most of the times. This is because it won’t tolerate drought specially in windy places. It appreciates moist but a well drained soil.
This tree is a must have in any Japanese garden and is one of the most appreciated cultivars of japanese maples. If you want an immediate effect in your garden, get a full grown tree as they take several years to develop a full broad canopy. Bigger trees are more expensive, but will save you years.