Acer palmatum var. dissectum

Japanese Maple

Tips for Homeowners:

Prune as needed when dormant or midsummer after sap stops running.

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This is an outstanding ornamental tree that creates visual interest and beauty in the landscape and is easy to grow.

  • Mounded, rounded habit
  • Deeply dissected purple-red foliage in summer
  • Orange-red fall foliage

Use as an accent in shrub borders or in woodland gardens.  Best planted in southern and eastern Kansas regions.

Height: 6-10 ft
Spread: 8-12 ft
Zone: 6-8
Color: Purple, Red

Interesting Notes about Japanese Maple:

Japanese Maples are popular for the color and shape of the leaves.  They are perfect as accents to neighboring green-leaved plants and make great focal points in areas close to the living space.  This is a tough tree that is not fussy about soil types, but it should be planted in protected areas to reduce dieback of limbs.  The tree does produce fruit which are referred to as samaras (or helicopters) that mature in fall.

Characteristics & Attributes


  • Great Foliage
  • Specimen
  • Focal Point
  • Winter Interest
  • Fall Color
  • Mass Planting
  • Low Maintenance
  • Naturalizing

Foliage Color:

  • Purple
  • Orange
  • Red
  • Green


  • Full Sun
  • Partial Sun

Attracts Wildlife:

  • Attracts Songbirds


  • Upright
  • Mounding

Season of Interest (Foliage):

  • Fall
  • Summer

Soil Moisture:

  • Average Water