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Acer palmatum 'Waterfall'

Family: Sapindaceae (sap-in-DAY-see-ee) (Info)
Genus: Acer (AY-ser) (Info)
Species: palmatum (pahl-MAY-tum) (Info)
Cultivar: Waterfall
Additional cultivar information: (Dissectum group)

Synonym:Acer palmatum var. dissectum

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Dissectum (very deeply divided and dissected)

4-6 ft. (1.2-1.8 m)
6-8 ft. (1.8-2.4 m)
8-10 ft. (2.4-3 m)

8-10 ft. (2.4-3 m)
10-12 ft. (3-3.6 m)

USDA Zone 5a: to -28.8 C (-20 F)
USDA Zone 5b: to -26.1 C (-15 F)
USDA Zone 6a: to -23.3 C (-10 F)
USDA Zone 6b: to -20.5 C (-5 F)
USDA Zone 7a: to -17.7 C (0 F)
USDA Zone 7b: to -14.9 C (5 F)
USDA Zone 8a: to -12.2 C (10 F)

Sun Exposure:
Full Sun
Sun to Partial Shade
Light Shade

Good Fall Color

Other details:
Average Water Needs; Water regularly; do not overwater
Suitable for growing in containers

Soil pH requirements:
5.1 to 5.5 (strongly acidic)
5.6 to 6.0 (acidic)
6.1 to 6.5 (mildly acidic)
6.6 to 7.5 (neutral)
7.6 to 7.8 (mildly alkaline)

Patent Information:
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Propagation Methods:
From woody stem cuttings

Seed Collecting:
Allow seedheads to dry on plants; remove and collect seeds
Properly cleaned, seed can be successfully stored

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2 positives
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Gardeners' Notes:

Positive veronagardener On Aug 9, 2011, veronagardener from Tupelo, MS wrote:

I've been growing Waterfall for 7 or 8 years here in my zone 7b/8a garden. It is 6' across and only 3' tall. It does recieve a few hours of sun and does show some brown leaf tips during dry times; but for me, that only adds to the interesting look of this special maple. In spring, the reddish seed pods also add more interest. I shows excellent winter structure with no prunning.

Positive gold_thumb On Oct 19, 2003, gold_thumb from Dunstable, MA wrote:

The best green lace-leaf form available. Harder to find in cultivation than the ever popular viridis. Larger leaved than viridis and produces a denser canopy that has a layered effect. Fall color replicates viridis with the brilliant orange - yellow color with scarlet hues sporadic depending on the year. As with all japanese maples it will benefit greatly from constant attention to establish (at least in the New England area) with consistantly moist well drained soil high in organic matter. Will grow in full sun but establishes quicker with some protection from hot sunlight. Can be trained to either a large rounded form (natural form) or a low spreading form (most common and seemingly where it derives its name).


This plant has been said to grow in the following regions:

Bakersfield, California
Garberville, California
San Anselmo, California
Dearborn Heights, Michigan
Tupelo, Mississippi
Saugerties, New York
Bluffton, South Carolina
Walhalla, South Carolina
Arlington, Tennessee
Houston, Texas
Linden, Virginia
Portsmouth, Virginia
Reston, Virginia
Puyallup, Washington

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