Japanese Maple 'Baby Lace'

Acer palmatum

Family: Sapindaceae (sap-in-DAY-see-ee) (Info)
Genus: Acer (AY-ser) (Info)
Species: palmatum (pahl-MAY-tum) (Info)
Cultivar: Baby Lace
Hybridized by Discovered by Rick Rey, Delaware Agricultural School and introduced by Raraflora Nursery, Kinterfield, Pennsylvania
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36-48 in. (90-120 cm)


36-48 in. (90-120 cm)


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:

Full Sun

Sun to Partial Shade

Light Shade


Grown for foliage


Good Fall Color

Other details:

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Soil pH requirements:

5.1 to 5.5 (strongly acidic)

5.6 to 6.0 (acidic)

6.1 to 6.5 (mildly acidic)

Patent Information:

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Propagation Methods:

By grafting

Seed Collecting:

N/A: plant does not set seed, flowers are sterile, or plants will not come true from seed

Foliage Color:



Bloom Characteristics:

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Water Requirements:

Average Water Needs; Water regularly; do not overwater

Where to Grow:

Suitable for growing in containers


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

Garberville, California

Oak View, California

Walhalla, South Carolina

Gardeners' Notes:


On Jun 9, 2007, Opoetree from Oak View, CA wrote:

I'm not entirely sure we have this exact maple, but it is a dwarf, threadleaf, and very diminutive. My husband bought it at a nursery and it has stayed about the same 3-ft. size. We planted it on a landscaped hill that we are going to add a waterfall to...it is quite picturesque and the coloring is dramatic. We live in an area full of live oaks -- so this burst of color is most welcome. We also planted a non-fruiting olive nearby. This type of tree is delightfully small, but packs a punch of personality.


On Dec 20, 2004, Todd_Boland from St. John's, NL (Zone 5b) wrote:

This dwarf maple belongs to the dissectum group. It originally grew as a witch's-broom on another larger dissectum Japanese maple. The broom was propagated and released as 'Baby Lace' in the early 1980's. This selection has reddish-orange spring leaves, bronzy-green summer foliage and a mix of yellow, orange and red in the fall. Plants will top off at 1 m making them ideal for bonsai or containers.