Acer palmatum var. dissectum atropurpureum
Common name: 
Red Dissected Japanese Maple
Lace Leaf Japanese Maple
A-ser pal-MAY-tum dis-SEK-tum at-ro-pur-PEWR-ree-um
Sapindaceae, Aceraceae
Native to (or naturalized in) Oregon: 
  • 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’)
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  • plant habit, spring

    plant habit, spring

  • leaves, spring

    leaves, spring

  • plant habit, summer

    plant habit, summer

  • plant habit, late summer

    plant habit, late summer

  • leaves, late summer

    leaves, late summer

  • plant habit, fall

    plant habit, fall

  • leaves, fall

    leaves, fall