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Japanese Maple
Acer palmatum 'Burgundy Lace'

Family: Sapindaceae (sap-in-DAY-see-ee) (Info)
Genus: Acer (AY-ser) (Info)
Species: palmatum (pahl-MAY-tum) (Info)
Cultivar: Burgundy Lace
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Matsumurae (very deeply divided)


15-20 ft. (4.7-6 m)


12-15 ft. (3.6-4.7 m)


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



Good Fall Color

Other details:

Average Water Needs; Water regularly; do not overwater

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


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

Pinetop, Arizona

Garberville, California

Dunnellon, Florida

Marietta, Georgia

Ypsilanti, Michigan

Andrews, North Carolina

Walhalla, South Carolina

Morrison, Tennessee

Lacey, Washington

Seattle, Washington

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Gardeners' Notes:


On Oct 27, 2008, maplenut from Lacey, WA wrote:

Burgundy Lace is a beautiful upright maple which will grow a good canopy. I have it in full sun and it has never had a burnt leaf. Because it will grow wider at top, I have used it in dead center over some hostas and other things which needed a little shade, and placed it up against things to contrast colors. I submitted a photo so you could see the effect I am working on. Eventually it will tower over the fence behind it. This is an easy-to-find maple.


On Jan 28, 2007, otis from Morrison, TN wrote:

I have been propagating 'Burgundy Lace' from softwood cuttings for a few years. It needs morning sun and afternoon shade for the best color. It is a very good tree.


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

This selection has relatively large, very deeply cut leaves with sharply serrated margins. The spring foliage is burgundy-wine, becoming green tited in summer then fiery red in autumn. This plant prefers some shade as the leaves have a tendency to burn in hot sun. It belongs to the Matsumurae Group.