Acer palmatum dissectum ‘Inaba Shidare’

Japanese lace leaf maple

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The Japanese Lace Leaf Maples are amongst the most elegant of deciduous shrubs it is possible to grow in the temperate garden.


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Origin: Japan
Genus: Acer
Species / Cultivar: palmatum var. dissectum 'Inaba Shidare'
Common Name: Japanese lace leaf maple

Plant Biography

Acer palmatum, even tough called Japanese maple, originates in most East Asia and East parts of Russia. The species comprises of thousands of named cultivars and forms.

It has been used for centuries in the Japanese gardens, and its English common name is a reflection of the first tree brought back to the UK in early 19th century.

The species epithet ‘palmatum’ is a reference to the shape of its leaves, deeply divided into 5 lobes.

Acer palmatum dissectum Inaba Shidare
Soil: Moist but Well Drained
Soil that allows water to drain at a moderate rate, without the water pooling.
Growth Rate: Medium
Expect to see moderate growth during growing season.
Water Requirement: Medium
Once it is established, this plant is likely to only require watering during drier periods.
Maintenance: A little
Easy to look after but may occasionally require some attention in order to thrive.
Situation: Part Shade
Enjoys several hours of direct sunlight but may enjoy dappling or shade at midday.
Eventual Height: 1.2m
The plant's ultimate height in typical growing conditions.
Eventual Spread: 1.2m
The plant's ultimate spread in typical growing conditions.
Hardiness: Half Hardy
Will need protection from frosts in order to survive winter, eg. with fleece jacket.
Habit: Deciduous
Sheds all its foliage annually, so for a period of the year it will be without foliage.
Care & Size Guidance

Care & Size Guidance

Their finely dissected leaves are a study in light and shadow and always lend a touch of class to a mixed planting. Soil needs to be evenly moist and preferably chalk-free to prevent leaf tips from scorching.

Can also be easily grown in a tub as long as watering needs are catered for.

Acer palmatum var dissectum ‘Inaba-shidare’ is a smaller cultivar with deep burgundy leaves that change to scarlet in autumn.

Expert Tip

A mound forming variety it is ideal located near to a water feature where you can benefit from double the effect as it's reflection dances on the waters surface.


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