• AGM plants

    AGM plants have been through a rigourous trial and assessment programme. They are:

    • Excellent for ordinary use in appropriate conditions
    • Available to buy
    • Of good constitution
    • Essentially stable in form & colour
    • Reasonably resistant to pests & diseases

Acer palmatum var. dissectum Dissectum Atropurpureum Group

Purple cut-leaved Japanese maple

Purple cut-leaved Japanese maple

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  • Other common names Purple cut-leaved Japanese maple

  • Genus Acer can be deciduous trees or large shrubs with paired, often palmately-lobed leaves and small flowers followed by characteristic winged fruits. Many have fine autumn colour, and some have ornamental stems

  • Family Sapindaceae / Sapindaceae

  • Species Dissectum Atropurpureum Group are slow-growing shrubs of broadly arching habit, with deep purple, lobed and finely toothed leaves turning orange in autumn

Characteristics

  • Foliage Deciduous

  • Habit Bushy

Colour

Sunlight

  • Partial Shade

  • Full Sun

  • Aspect South-facing or West-facing or East-facing

  • Exposure Sheltered

Soil

  • Chalk

    Loam

  • Chalk

    Clay

  • Chalk

    Sand

  • Chalk

    Chalk

  • MoistureMoist but well-drained

  • SoilLoam, Clay, Sand, Chalk

  • pHAcid, Neutral

Size

  • Ultimate height

    1.5-2.5 metres

  • Ultimate spread

    1.5-2.5 metres

  • Time to ultimate height

    10-20 years

How to grow

Cultivation Grow in a moist but well-drained soil. Water in summer if necessary. Leaf colour is best in partial shade, although full sun can be tolerated. Leaf scorch can be caused by lack of soil moisture or excessive exposure

Propagation Propagate by grafting or softwood cuttings

Suggested planting locations and garden types Low Maintenance Banks and Slopes City & Courtyard Gardens Cottage & Informal Garden

How to care

Pruning Pruning group 1

Pests aphids and horse chestnut scale may be a problem

Diseases Verticillium wilt sometimes a problem

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