Acer palmatum dissectum: Cascade
This is a Group of Japanese Maple Cultivars that are known to have a highly dissected (deeply cut) leaf. They are also know to Cascade down in a Mounding manner. There is only one Cascading/Mounding Japanese Maple that is not a dissectum. This one if Acer palmatum Ryusen, pp#18501. There is also one Acer palmatum dissectum Japanese Maple that does not Cascade/Mound. It is Acer palmatum Seiryu. The Spring color of the leaves can be red, orange or light green. The most typical for the dissectums is the hot red, crimson Sping color. The Summer color can vary from purple burgandy, to light green, to dark green to varigation in the leaf (green with white or beige.) Sometimes, the more sunny days they get the richer the color can be. The Autumn color can vary from rich crimson red, to golden yellow, to orange or a dark red. Autumn color always depends on the weather. The trees need sunny days, cold nights and an initial minimmun temperature change of 20F, to stay at that temperature or continued decrease. None of the dissectums are considered coral bark Japanese Maples. Because of their highly cut leaves, these trees are usually less heat hardy than the palmatums, but there are a few that are very heat/sun hardy. These means that even in Mediterranean Climates, you can place them in full day sun.
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