Tamukeyama Japanese Maple (Acer palmatum var. dissectum ‘Tamukeyama’)

Tamukeyama Japanese Maple

  • Elegant ‘Lacecut’ Purple Red Leaves
  • Grows Well and Keeps Its Color in Shade
  • Stunning Red Winter Bark
  • In Production For 300 Years

The best gardens create a sense of movement and mystery. The Tamukeyama Japanese Maple (Acer palmatum var. dissectum) will give you both and more!

The Tamukeyama Japanese Maple Tree is a garden designer’s favorite because of its texture, deep red leaf color, size, and cascading habit. It has been in production for over 300 years, a selection from the Kobayashi Nursery of old.

This lovely cascading maple covers itself in finely cut, delicate leaves. This outstanding foliage earns this beautiful deciduous tree its nicknames, Laceleaf and Cutleaf Maple, because its leaves are finely textured and deeply lobed. These long and narrow leaves are as elegant as lace. And its plum-color shines all spring into fall, which adds to the overall visual impact.

This delightful tree takes on a breath-taking, weeping shape which is quite dramatic and impactful. And these branches droop all the way to the ground.

How to Use Tamukeyama Japanese Maple in the Landscape

The mounded Tamukeyama Japanese Maple is perfect for containers or raised beds beside koi ponds or walls because its branches will extend downward beyond its trunk. This creates a mounded effect and brings romance and mystery to your landscape.

The Tamukeyama Japanese Maple is a true statement tree. You and your neighbors will be amazed by its rich red foliage color, so plant it where you can admire it daily.

Great as a focal point in the landscape or in a bed with mixed perennials. The Tamukeyama Japanese Maple’s cascading branches, weeping habit, and compact size make it ideal for almost any garden. Of course, it’s especially beautiful in an Asian-inspired garden. But feel free to use it in any setting, from rustic to contemporary.

Remember that no Japanese Garden is complete without an Acer Palmatum Dissectum included. The Tamukeyama Japanese Maple is the perfect variety to do the job.

This is a beautiful tree in early spring and all through the growing season. But the fall color is simply spectacular when the leaves turn a mix of red, purple and bronze.

Tips for Care

This slow-growing dwarf maple will only reach a maximum height of 6 to 10 feet, but its delightful branches will cover about 10 to 12 feet, width-size. Tolerant of both hot and cold conditions, this hardy selection can adapt to a wide range of climates.

Plant your Tamukeyama Japanese Maple in the sun or part shade beneath a taller tree where it will receive afternoon shade. You can also site it in an eastern exposure, where it is often difficult to find specimen plants to feature.

The Tamukeyama Japanese Maple requires a slightly acidic soil with good drainage and high organic matter to thrive. If poor drainage is suspected, mound your tree 12 to 18 inches above the soil line.

The Tamukeyama requires moist soil and will benefit from a 3 to 4 inch layer of mulch spread out to 3 feet from the outside of the canopy. This helps to keep the root zone cool and cuts down on surface evaporation.

This Japanese maple variety will do well in full sun in climates with higher humidity. Although tolerant of heat in dryer climates, give it protection from the hot summer afternoon sun. Protect this variety from high winds as well as this will cause leaf burn of the lacy foliage.

Minimal pruning is required to get the beautiful form of the Tamukeyama Japanese maple. Occasionally pruning may be required to check the spread of the tree and can be performed easily.

This is one of the best red varieties for holding its color even in the heat. The tree is known to leaf out later than other Japanese Maple selection, thereby avoiding the late freezes of some areas.

Tamukeyama Japanese Maple (Acer palmatum var. dissectum ‘Tamukeyama’) Details

Common name Tamukeyama Japanese Maple
Botanical name Acer palmatum var. dissectum 'Tamukeyama'
Hardiness zone 5-8
Growth rate Slow
Height 6 - 10 ft.
Width 10 - 12 ft.
Sunlight Full Sun, Partial Shade
Moisture Medium
Soil condition Well Drained
Pollinator-friendly Yes
Leaf color Dark Red