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Burgundy Lace Japanese Maple

Scientific name: Acer palmatum 'Burgundy Lace'

Type:Deciduous tree
Plant Requirements
Zone:5 to 8
Sun:Full to partial sun
Plant Characteristics
Height:18 ft
Width:15 ft
Bloom:Spring flowers
Bloom Time:April to May
Bloom Color:Red
Additional Characteristics



Wildlife value

Description This Japanese maple cultivar has deeply divided leaves with very dark purple foliage in the spring.

This is a small garden deciduous tree that grows to 10’-15’ in height, with an equal width. Here in Pacific Norhtwest it can attain size of 20’ at maturity. During the summer the leaves are red to green. If the summers are hotter the leaves will be greener.

Leaves are lobed and star-shaped. Veination is palmate. Leaves are oppositely arranged on the limbs. The leaf blade has relatively large (2” to 4” in length) leaves for an upright Palmatum cultivar. In the fall the the foliage turns an orange, fiery red, or yellow color.

Burgundy Lace requires full sun or slightly shaded sites and humus-rich, well drained soils, neutral or slightly acid in pH. Under hot conditions the leaves will burn under full sun. In areas west of the Cascades Mountains it maintains better leaf color during the summer.

Bacterial canker is a concern if this tree is planted on poorly drained sites or ones that lack good circulation in high rainfall areas.
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