Is your garden ready for a focal point? Great design is all about color, form and movement, and this Japanese maple displays all three. Considered by experts as the most reliable and easiest to grow of the darker foliaged cut-leaf maples, Tamukeyama's deeply lobed plum-hued foliage is borne on a mounding structure that's more wide than tall, with branches that cascade beyond the confines of its base. Planted on a slope or in a container, its trailing habit leads the eye and captures the imagination. While the lacy foliage retains its intense burgundy shade all season in full sun, it will adapt to part shade with little loss of color. For centuries, savvy designers have used this Japanese maple for dramatic effect in the garden, and you should too. Acer palmatum disectum var. 'Tamukeyama'
PruningPruning 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.
Unique CharactersticsMissouri Botanical Garden: Acer palmatum, commonly called Japanese Maple, is a deciduous shrub or small tree that typically grows to 10-25' (infrequently to 40') tall. It is native to Japan, Korea and China. General plant form is rounded to broad-rounded, often with low branching. Each palmate green leaf (2-5" long) has 5 to 7 but less frequently 9 toothed lobes. Small reddish-purple flowers in umbels bloom in spring (April) followed by winged samaras in pairs which ripen in September-October. Fall color includes an often spectacular combination of shades of yellow, red, purple and bronze.Var. dissectum is typically a much smaller, rounded, slow-growing shrubby form (often with cascading branching) that rarely matures to more than 12' tall with a larger spread. Palmate leaves, each having 7-11 deeply incised lobes, are deeply cut to the base of the leaf. These dissected-leaf shrubs are commonly called laceleaf Japanese maple, cutleaf Japanese maple or threadleaf Japanese maple. Dissectum means deeply cut in reference to the deeply cut, feathery nature of the leaves.Genus name is the Latin name for a maple tree.Specific epithet is in reference to the palmate nature of the leaves. Each leaf has several lobes (typically 5-7) that all originate from one point looking like an open hand with outstretched fingers.'Red Dragon' is a compact, slow-growing, dissected form that typically matures over time in an upright-pendulous mound to 6-8' tall. Seven-lobed leaves are deeply cut to the leaf base. Leaves emerge bright cherry red in spring, mature to burgundy red in summer before finally changing to crimson red in fall. Leaves retain good color throughout the growing season. Leaf sub-lobes are deeply toothed. Purple leaf stalks. Dissected leaves reportedly resemble the claws of a dragon, hence the cultivar name. 'Red Dragon' grows better in sunny locations than most other dissectum types.