Acer, Cutleaf Japanese Maple, Threadleaf Japanese Maple 'Waterfall'

Acer palmatum

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



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)

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

Foliage Color:

Unknown - Tell us

Bloom Characteristics:

Unknown - Tell us

Water Requirements:

Average Water Needs; Water regularly; do not overwater

Where to Grow:

Can be grown as an annual


This plant is said to grow outdoors in the following regions:

Bakersfield, 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

Bellingham, Washington

Puyallup, Washington

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Gardeners' Notes:


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.


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).