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Ever Red Lace-Leaf Japanese Maple

Acer palmatum 'Ever Red'

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Ever Red Lace-Leaf Japanese Maple (Acer palmatum 'Ever Red') at Squak Mountain Nursery

Ever Red Lace-Leaf Japanese Maple foliage

Ever Red Lace-Leaf Japanese Maple foliage

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Ever Red Lace-Leaf Japanese Maple (Acer palmatum 'Ever Red') at Squak Mountain Nursery

Ever Red Lace-Leaf Japanese Maple

Ever Red Lace-Leaf Japanese Maple

(Photo courtesy of NetPS Plant Finder)

Height:  15 feet

Spread:  15 feet

Sunlight:  full sun  partial shade 

Hardiness Zone:  5

Group/Class:  Dissectum


Dazzling leaves are very finely dissected for a fine ferny texture; burgundy color during summer; elegant vase shaped habit is highly ornamental; the perfect shape, habit, and fall color in a garden accent

Ornamental Features

Ever Red Lace-Leaf Japanese Maple is primarily valued in the landscape for its cascading habit of growth. It has attractive burgundy deciduous foliage which emerges crimson in spring. The small deeply cut ferny palmate leaves are highly ornamental and turn an outstanding crimson in the fall.

Landscape Attributes

Ever Red Lace-Leaf Japanese Maple is a dense deciduous tree with a shapely form and gracefully arching branches. It lends an extremely fine and delicate texture to the landscape composition which can make it a great accent feature on this basis alone.

This is a relatively low maintenance tree, and should only be pruned in summer after the leaves have fully developed, as it may 'bleed' sap if pruned in late winter or early spring. It has no significant negative characteristics.

Ever Red Lace-Leaf Japanese Maple is recommended for the following landscape applications;

  • Accent
  • Mass Planting
  • Hedges/Screening
  • General Garden Use
  • Container Planting

Planting & Growing

Ever Red Lace-Leaf Japanese Maple will grow to be about 15 feet tall at maturity, with a spread of 15 feet. It has a low canopy with a typical clearance of 1 foot from the ground, and is suitable for planting under power lines. It grows at a slow rate, and under ideal conditions can be expected to live for 60 years or more.

This tree does best in full sun to partial shade. You may want to keep it away from hot, dry locations that receive direct afternoon sun or which get reflected sunlight, such as against the south side of a white wall. It prefers to grow in average to moist conditions, and shouldn't be allowed to dry out. It is not particular as to soil pH, but grows best in rich soils. It is somewhat tolerant of urban pollution, and will benefit from being planted in a relatively sheltered location. Consider applying a thick mulch around the root zone in winter to protect it in exposed locations or colder microclimates. This is a selected variety of a species not originally from North America.

Ever Red Lace-Leaf Japanese Maple is a fine choice for the yard, but it is also a good selection for planting in outdoor pots and containers. Because of its height, it is often used as a 'thriller' in the 'spiller-thriller-filler' container combination; plant it near the center of the pot, surrounded by smaller plants and those that spill over the edges. It is even sizeable enough that it can be grown alone in a suitable container. Note that when grown in a container, it may not perform exactly as indicated on the tag - this is to be expected. Also note that when growing plants in outdoor containers and baskets, they may require more frequent waterings than they would in the yard or garden.

Hardiness Zone Plant Height Minimum Sunlight
Accent  Massing  Screening  Garden  Container 
Foliage Color  Fall Color  Texture  Plant Form 
Ornamental Features

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