Acer palmatum dissectum 'Garnet'
Common Name: Japanese Maple
Type: Deciduous Shrub
Zone: 5 - 9
Growth Rate: Slow
Height: 6 - 9 feet
Spread: 8 - 12 feet
Bloom Time: April
Bloom Description: Insignificant
Foliage: Red. Purple-Green in Fall
Attributes: Rabbit Resistant. Tolerant of Black Walnut, Specimen, Rock Garden
palmatum var. dissectum 'Garnet' - A popular maple ideal for small gardens! It is a dissected form that typically matures over time in an upright-pendulous mound to 6-9' tall. Deeply cut, 7-lobed leaves emerge red-orange (color of the garnet gemstone) in spring with good color retention until mid summer before fading to purplish-green. Foliage turns red in fall.
Dissected forms of Japanese maples are generally grown for their attractive foliage and low-spreading shape. Specimen/accent or group around the home or yard or patio or periphery of the border or rock garden. Good sun-dappled understory plant. Dissected foliage and cascading form can be showcased by planting his cultivar near a pond or water garden. Smaller plants can be effective in containers.
Sun: Full Sun to Part Shade
Easily grown in moist, organically rich, slightly acidic, well-drained soils in full sun to part shade. Grows well in sandy loams.
May be grown in full sun but prefers some afternoon shade. New foliage may scorch in full sun locations in hot summers areas, particularly if soils are not kept consistently moist.
Mulch helps retain soil moisture and keep roots cool. Avoid hot and dry sites. Site in locations protected from strong winds.
Pruning is best kept to a minimum, but if needed should be done in late fall to mid winter. Spring or summer pruning often results in significant bleeding.
No serious insect or disease problems. Potential disease problems include stem canker, leaf spots, fusarium, verticillium wilt, botrytis, anthracnose and root rots. Potential insect pests include aphids, scale, borers and root weevils. Mites may be troublesome.
Foliage tends to leaf out early in spring and is subject to damage from late spring frosts. Chlorosis may occur in high pH soils.