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PlantFiles: Ribbon-leaf Japanese Maple
Acer palmatum 'Atrolineare'

Family: Sapindaceae (sap-in-DAY-see-ee) (Info)
Genus: Acer (AY-ser) (Info)
Species: palmatum (pahl-MAY-tum) (Info)
Cultivar: Atrolineare
Additional cultivar information: (aka Filifera Purpurea)

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Linearilobum (narrow, straplike divided leaves)

10-12 ft. (3-3.6 m)

8-10 ft. (2.4-3 m)

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
Good Fall Color

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

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

Patent Information:
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Propagation Methods:
From seed; direct sow outdoors in fall
From seed; stratify if sowing indoors
By grafting
By budding

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

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Gardeners' Notes:

Positive maplenut On Oct 26, 2008, maplenut from Lacey, WA wrote:

I was told this was one of a group of japanese maples often referred to as the 'Witches Broom' category for its more spiderlike leaves. Others referred to as witches broom category also include Koto no Ito, for instance. I grouped mine with two others for color in a triangle so eventually they will have their branches and leaves touch. I placed it with an Orange Dream and a Inabe Shidare in the triangle, and a Orido Nishiki back behind that you will see as a view through them. I have a 'thing' about wanting to see my maples in best color contrast through the various windows in my house so they are often placed for best window view as well. I love this one because it spreads well into an umbrella shape and you can sit out under it for a little shade in the heat. It has been extremely hearty without any help from me.

Neutral berrygirl On Mar 16, 2007, berrygirl from Braselton, GA (Zone 7b) wrote:

Acer palmatum 'Atrolineare' RIBBON-LF JAPAN. MAPLE Dec (z6) (Bon)
Dark, almost black-red foliage is eye-catching in spring becoming an attractive bronze as the season progresses & more "string-like" as the wood matures; desirable upright shrub form. Sun-PSh/Med


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

Juneau, Alaska (2 reports)
Dublin, California
Garberville, California
San Anselmo, California
Winnetka, Illinois
Euclid, Ohio
Lacey, Washington

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