Plants: Acer palmatum 'Dissectum Garnet' - Japanese maple

Posted by 16.02. 2008 19:06:42 (56152 readers)

Acer palmatum 'Dissectum Garnet' - Japanese maple

“Dissectum Garnet” is one of the top selling Japanese maples ever. It has been popular around the world for many decades. Its filigree leaves are deeply cut = dissected, hence its name. They look like giant snowflakes cut in pieces and densely cover even young plants. The colour show begins with vibrant red in the spring, turning crimson red in early summer and deep burgundy in late summer, finishing up with vivid reddish-purple in the autumn.

It grows slowly and forms a shrub that is rather wider than tall. Branches are pendent making an umbrella appearance. It is often grafted on short stems or half-standards so you can fully enjoy its drooping branches. It needs light, acidic, well drained soil that will retain moisture. Red-leaved Japanese maples do well in full sun if you mulch the roots sufficiently not to dry out in hot summers. They will grow in semi-shade or filtered sun, too, but the leaf colour will be slightly paler with more shades of green. If you feel you need to feed it, use balanced, slow-release fertilizers only.

It can be trimmed or shaped as a bonsai. My feeling is that it is best to leave it with no pruning at all so it can show its irregular growth which makes each one an unrepeatable original. If you wish to cut it anyway do so after danger of all frosts at the earliest, until mid summer at the latest. Plants older than 3-5 years (wood maturity pending) are fully hardy to about -30°C (USDA zone 5).

Japanese maples are the créme de la créme of every garden. They are compact, dense shrubs or majestic looking small trees. Every garden can have one without a need for simulating Japanese garden style. Currently, there are numerous red-leaved varieties in the market but we prefer to stick with the old-time favourites that proved to do well in our climate.
Milan Havlis, Specializované zahradnictví
Chlumec 23, 382 32 Velešín, Czech republic

Articles: acer palmatum

17.05. 2007
53.41 kB readers
Acer palmatum atropurpureum - Japanese Red Maple
25.10. 2007
62.83 kB readers
Acer shirasawanum 'Aureum' - Japanese maple
18.10. 2007
33.13 kB readers
Acer palmatum dissectum 'Viridis' - Japanese Maple
03.01. 2008
15.02 kB readers
Acer palmatum 'Atropurpureum' - Japanese Maple
23.10. 2016
1.85 kB readers
Acer japonicum - Amur maple
30.05. 2007
27.45 kB readers
Acer palmatum 'Dissectum Seiryu' - Seiryu Japanese Maple
15.04. 2007
7.20 kB readers
Maples for Gardens
17.07. 2008
22.89 kB readers
Acer palmatum 'Atrolineare' - Japanese Maple
06.07. 2011
17.15 kB readers
Acer palmatum ('Crispifolium') 'Shishigashira' - japanese maple
24.09. 2016
1.41 kB readers
Acer palmatum 'Beni Maiko' - Japanese maple
Discussion forum / Deciduous Shrubs
11.04. 2017
1.71 kB readers
Border Forsythia - Forsythia x intermedia
06.12. 2016
1.32 kB readers
Mezereon - Daphne mezereum
06.12. 2016
990 readers
European Honeysuckle - Lonicera periclymenum
06.12. 2016
899 readers
Red-berried Elder - Sambucus racemosa
24.09. 2016
1.35 kB readers
Rose of Sharon - Hibiscus syriacus
24.09. 2016
1.10 kB readers
Cornelian-cherry - Cornus mas
16.03. 2015
4.95 kB readers
Glossy abelia - Abelia grandiflora