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Acer palmatum 'Inaba-shidare' (D)
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Japanese maple 'Inaba-shidare'

'Inaba-shidare' is a small but vigorous deciduous shrub with arching branches. Leaves deep purple, deeply divided into incised lobes, and becoming crimson in autumn. Flowers purple

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Size
Ultimate height
1.5–2.5 metres
Time to ultimate height
20–50 years
Ultimate spread
1.5–2.5 metres
Growing conditions
Chalk
Clay
Loam
Sand
Moisture
Moist but well–drained
pH
Acid, Neutral
Colour & scent
StemFlowerFoliageFruit
Spring Purple Purple
Summer Purple
Autumn Red Purple
Winter
Position
  • Full sun
  • Partial shade
Aspect

East–facing or South–facing

Exposure
Sheltered
Hardiness
H6
Botanical details
Family
Sapindaceae
Native to the UK
No
Foliage
Deciduous
Habit
Pendulous weeping
Genus

Acer can be deciduous trees or large shrubs with paired, often palmately-lobed leaves and small flowers followed by characteristic winged fruits. Many have fine autumn colour, and some have ornamental stems

Name status

Accepted

How to grow

Cultivation

Grow in well-drained soil that does not dry out. Water in summer if necessary. Leaf colour best in partial shade, although they will tolerate full sun. Leaf scorch is caused by lack of soil moisture or excessive exposure

Propagation

Propagate by grafting or softwood cuttings

Suggested planting locations and garden types
  • Cottage and informal garden
  • Low Maintenance
  • Flower borders and beds
Pruning

Pruning group 2

Pests

Generally pest free

Diseases

Verticillium wilt sometimes a problem

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