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Acer palmatum 'Inaba Shidare'

Family: Sapindaceae (sap-in-DAY-see-ee) (Info)
Genus: Acer (AY-ser) (Info)
Species: palmatum (pahl-MAY-tum) (Info)
Cultivar: Inaba Shidare
Additional cultivar information: (Dissectum group; aka Red Select)

Synonym:Acer palmatum var. dissectum

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Dissectum (very deeply divided and dissected)

10-12 ft. (3-3.6 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)
USDA Zone 8b: to -9.4 C (15 F)
USDA Zone 9a: to -6.6 C (20 F)
USDA Zone 9b: to -3.8 C (25 F)

Sun Exposure:
Sun to Partial Shade
Light Shade

Grown for foliage

Other details:
Average Water Needs; Water regularly; do not overwater
Provides winter interest

Soil pH requirements:
5.6 to 6.0 (acidic)
6.1 to 6.5 (mildly acidic)
6.6 to 7.5 (neutral)

Patent Information:
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Propagation Methods:
By budding

Seed Collecting:
Allow seedheads to dry on plants; remove and collect seeds

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Gardeners' Notes:

Positive Bunkiebe On Apr 14, 2013, Bunkiebe from Asheville, NC wrote:

I love my JM tree. It has grown so much in just three years. I purchased a very small tree only because I did not have the budget for the $200.00 I really want. But it grows so well, and I just have not had the heart to really prune it. I have pruned earlier in the spring last year but very minimal amount. I really think it needs some shaping.
Question: when is the best time to prune, and what suggestions are out there about shaping and how much to prune. Besides my beautiful fringe tree, it is my favorite tree ever. When the fringe is in bloom, I have a hard time deciding. The JM is favored the rest of the time, and I want to be totally sure I know what I am doing.

Positive rkwright85 On Nov 2, 2010, rkwright85 from Horton, MI (Zone 5b) wrote:

I've been really impressed with the way this holds its color in the shade. The foliage looks good all season and I've been surprised with how fast it has grown for a Japanese maple. It's definitely one of my favorite weeping varieties and I've been able to find it cheaper then a lot of the other good ones.

Positive retired2165 On Sep 2, 2010, retired2165 from Nappanee, IN wrote:

I've been reading your articles on the Japanese Maples and found a lot of good, useable info. Thanks! I just got my first one this summer- a Inaba Shidare. The trunk is just over 1/2" and quite tall. I have it in a container on our patio. It's in the south east corner of an L-shape area of the house for protection. The tree is protected from the south and the west which helps with the sun. (I live in northern Indiana.)

The tips of the leaves are turning brown- what causes this? Is it still maybe getting too much sun?

Another question: Since they are more vulnerable when young, should I put it in the garage for the winter? If I do this, what about light, water, etc.?

I love this tree and can't wait till it gets large enough to cascade. The leaves are absolutely gorgeous.

Thank you to all of the folks on here who share info. It's where I spend a lot of my free time. (I'm disabled.)

Hope to hear from you! Kay

Positive Todd_Boland On Dec 25, 2004, Todd_Boland from St. John's, NL (Zone 5b) wrote:

This is a very popular Dissectum Group Japanese maple. The leaves are among the largest of any Dissectum. They emerge rich purple-red and hold the excellent colour all season, finally turning brilliant red in autumn. The leaves are coarser than most Dissectums and the stems more sturdy. It is also known as 'Select Red', 'Red Select' and 'Holland Select'.


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

Anderson, California
Casa De Oro-mount Helix, California
Crockett, California
Avon, Connecticut
Brandon, Florida
Saint Simons Island, Georgia
Champaign, Illinois
Nappanee, Indiana
Georgetown, Kentucky
Louisville, Kentucky
Alfred, Maine
Dracut, Massachusetts
Dearborn Heights, Michigan
Horton, Michigan
Hattiesburg, Mississippi
Hernando, Mississippi
Petal, Mississippi
Kansas City, Missouri
Saint Louis, Missouri
Brick, New Jersey
Jamaica, New York
Asheville, North Carolina
Cincinnati, Ohio
Dayton, Ohio
Haviland, Ohio
Powell, Ohio
North Augusta, South Carolina
Yorktown, Virginia
Bainbridge Island, Washington

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