This red laceleaf Japanese maple is a striking specimen, holding its burgundy-red foliage color though the summer. (Great Plant Picks)

This red laceleaf Japanese maple is a striking specimen, holding its burgundy-red foliage color though the summer. (Great Plant Picks)

Great Plant Pick: Acer palmatum ‘Tamuke yama,’ red laceleaf Japanese maple

This weeping tree is a striking specimen, holding its burgundy-red foliage color though the summer.

What: Acer palmatum “Tamuke yama” is one of the best forms of red laceleaf Japanese maples because it holds its burgundy-red foliage color though the summer. In spring, the foliage emerges a deep red, deepening to a rich, dark burgundy with fall color erupting in bright scarlet. This maple has a strong cascading habit, and will create a striking and graceful specimen as it matures.

Where: This lovely shrubby tree develops the best foliage color in full sun to open shade. Japanese maples are surprisingly flexible in their soil requirements. Although they will grow best in a rich and well-drained soil, they will also do well in sandy soils and clay.

Size: This weeping maple will grow to be 8 feet tall and 15 feet wide when mature.

Care: To prevent the fine leaves from burning at the tips, water the tree regularly during dry weather. Well-pruned Japanese maples are an art form in the garden and require an expert touch, so consult an experienced pruner or take local classes before attempting to prune. To reduce the need for pruning, place these wide spreading plants in areas will ample room.

— Richie Steffen, Great Plant Picks

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