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Burgundy Lace Japanese Maple

A superb compact landscape tree that demands a showcase location in the garden; finely cut purple-bronze palm-shaped leaves give rich color and texture all season long, ideal for shrub gardens and small landscapes.

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Characteristics

Species: palmatum

Plant Height: 120 in.

Spread: 120 in.

Evergreen: No

Plant Form: round

Emergent Foliage Color: red

Summer Foliage Color: burgundy

Minimum Sunlight: partial shade

Maximum Sunlight: partial shade

Ornamental Features

Burgundy Lace Japanese Maple has attractive burgundy foliage which emerges red in spring. The deeply cut ferny palmate leaves are highly ornamental and turn an outstanding red in the fall. Neither the flowers nor the fruit are ornamentally significant.

Landscape Attributes

Burgundy Lace Japanese Maple is an open deciduous tree with a strong central leader and a more or less rounded form. It lends an extremely fine and delicate texture to the landscape composition which can make it a great accent feature on this basis alone. This is a relatively low maintenance tree, and should only be pruned in summer after the leaves have fully developed, as it may 'bleed' sap if pruned in late winter or early spring. It has no significant negative characteristics. Burgundy Lace Japanese Maple is recommended for the following landscape applications; Accent, Mass Planting, Hedges/Screening, General Garden Use, Container Planting

Planting & Growing

Burgundy Lace Japanese Maple will grow to be about 10 feet tall at maturity, with a spread of 10 feet. It tends to be a little leggy, with a typical clearance of 1 foot from the ground, and is suitable for planting under power lines. It grows at a slow rate, and under ideal conditions can be expected to live for 60 years or more. This tree does best in partial shade. It prefers to grow in average to moist conditions, and shouldn't be allowed to dry out. It is not particular as to soil pH, but grows best in rich soils. It is somewhat tolerant of urban pollution, and will benefit from being planted in a relatively sheltered location. Consider applying a thick mulch around the root zone in winter to protect it in exposed locations or colder microclimates. This is a selected variety of a species not originally from North America. Burgundy Lace Japanese Maple is a fine choice for the yard, but it is also a good selection for planting in outdoor pots and containers. Because of its height, it is often used as a 'thriller' in the 'spiller-thriller-filler' container combination; plant it near the center of the pot, surrounded by smaller plants and those that spill over the edges. Note that when grown in a container, it may not perform exactly as indicated on the tag - this is to be expected. Also note that when growing plants in outdoor containers and baskets, they may require more frequent waterings than they would in the yard or garden.