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Acer palmatum dissectum atropurpurea 'Tamukeyama'

Red Laceleaf Japanese Maple
  • Plant Type:
  • Tree
  • Evergreen-Deciduous:
  • Deciduous
  • Overall Mature Size:
  • Small
  • Also Grown As:
  • Natural Low Branching
  • Mature Height & Spread :
  • 6-8' x 10-12'
  • Natural Growth Habit:
  • Weeping
  • Native To:
  • Asia, Japan
  • Exposure:
  • Full Sun, Partial Shade
  • Water:
  • Medium Water
  • Flower Color:
  • Insignificant
  • Special Features:
  • Attracts Birds/Butterflies, Cold Hardy, Deer Resistant, Fall Color, Intermountain Conditions, Shade Tolerant
  • Container Sizes:
  • #15, 24" Box, 36" Box
  • Sunset Garden Zones:
  • 2-10, 12, 14-24
  • Minimum USDA Hardiness Zone:
  • 5


This is a specimen deciduous tree that is highly coveted for its crimson foliage that turns a deeper red as summer progresses. In the fall, the deeply lobed and toothed leaves turn a brilliant scarlet red. The leaves contrast beautifully with the vivid light green trunk and branches. Topping out at 8’ tall, staked trees show the pendulous branches to best effect. It does best in sun to part shade in warmest areas. The sun encourages the leaves to reach their best color. This variety has been a favorite in its native Japan since the 1700’s. Its name means “Tribute to the Mountain”. Red samaras are inconspicuous but add some textural interest. In southern California and other warm climates, it is wise to shelter it from hot, dry winds and direct sun and to give it consistent water. These are particularly well-suited to containers and to bonsai but they are equally lovely in a garden setting. Their non-invasive root systems make them excellent subjects next to patios or walkways. The Japanese maples were introduced to western society by the Swedish doctor, Carl Peter Thunberg who named the species “palmatum” for its leaves’ resemblance to the open human palm. Japanese maples resist oak root fungus and is not prone to pest or disease problems.