Acer palmatum ‘Seiryu’

Japanese Acer, Japanese Maple

Acer palmatum ‘Seiryu,’ also known as the Green Laceleaf Japanese Maple, is an enchanting and unique cultivar. Unlike most Japanese maples, ‘Seiryu’ exhibits an upright, vase-shaped growth habit, providing a stunning focal point in any landscape. In spring, its delicate, lace-like leaves emerge in vibrant shades of green, creating a fresh and airy appearance. During summer, the foliage retains its verdant hue, offering a cooling presence in the garden. As fall approaches, ‘Seiryu’ transforms into a breathtaking display of fiery oranges and reds, adding a touch of warmth to the autumn scenery.

This deciduous tree reaches a height of about 3 to 4.5 metres at maturity. ‘Seiryu’ thrives in partial shade and well-draining soil, making it a cherished choice for Japanese-style gardens and smaller landscapes, where its elegance and versatility can be fully appreciated.

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Care & Size Guidance

Care & Size Guidance

Caring for Acer palmatum ‘Seiryu’ is relatively simple. Plant it in a location with partial shade, providing protection from intense afternoon sun. Ensure the soil is well-draining and consistently moist, especially during dry spells. Mulching around the base helps retain soil moisture and regulate temperature. Regular watering is essential, but avoid waterlogged conditions.

Prune sparingly to maintain its natural form and remove any dead or crossing branches. ‘Seiryu’ is generally pest-resistant, but keeping an eye out for aphids and other common pests is recommended. With proper care and attention, this unique Japanese maple cultivar will thrive, showcasing its exquisite lace-like foliage and adding a touch of elegance to any garden or landscape.

Acer palmatum ‘Seiryu’ is one of the smaller growing of the Japanese Maple cultivars, making it perfect for a large container.

Expert Tip

Mulch heavily with bark chippings to conserve soil moisture.


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