Acer Japonica Palmatum


The larger Acer is not Japonica but Davidii. Under it’s branches is a more tender Acer palmatum Japonica var. dissectum ‘Inaba-shidare’ or the purple leaved Japanese maple.

Acer japonica


  • Acers or Japanese maples like ‘Little Princess’ above need a sunny or partially shaded spot which is protected from cold winds.
  • Acers are hardy shrubs and small trees and like soil that is moist but well-drained.
  • Acer Japonica are suitable for growing in a large container using John Innes No 3 compost but must be kept well-watered.
  • In Autumn the leaf colour intensifies before falling.

Acer japonica

  • Sold as Acer Green Globe aboveĀ  but the leaves are not lime green or as serrated as Green Globe.
  • Tip. Buy when your Acer is in leaf if you want to be sure what you are getting
  • I saved some money by buying after the leaves had fallen and over all I am not disappointed. In truth I am quite pleased with the effect of several young shrubs in my new Japanese garden

Acer japonica

  • Leaf form and shape has shaped the name of these shrubs.
  • Palmatum is derived from the hand shape of the leaves. The shape looks like fingers.
  • Looking at it another way the leaf is dissected

Acer japonica

Acer Orange Dream above

  • Cut back long shoots in March to encourage compact growth.
  • Will grow to 5 feet high and 3-4 feet wide.
  • Add some peat to the planting hole and keep moist but not water logged.


Read about growing Acers as small trees and tips for Growing Acers


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