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last updated 10/12/2017

ACER palmatum dissectum 'Kiri nishiki'
This green dissectum will grow wider than it is high. The deeply divided leaves are a little less dissected than some other cultivars, so the plant is sturdier. Orange yellow autumn colours. 1m

ACER palmatum dissectum 'Lionheart'
A very new purple dissectum. It is distinctive due to its less weeping, rather horizontally layered habit. I don't consider it to be upright enough to be a purple equivalent of A. palmatum dissectum 'Seiryu', but nevertheless it has great potential in the garden where a more upright and open shape is appropriate. Perhaps it would be better to describe it as having a broad crown - the important thing is that it doesn't weep in the manner of the other dissectums, which makes it particular suitable for planting in grass where you need to be able to maintain beneath it, or for underplanting. The purple leaf colour is maintained well all summer before taking on wonderful red tones in autumn. 3-4m. I shall definitely be planting one of these in our display gardens...I just haven't quite decided where yet!
The solution was to plant two! So you can see it in the Winter Garden as well as the Maple Glade.

ACER palmatum dissectum 'Midori-no-teiboku'
This handsome cultivar comes to us courtesy of the Flora Wonder(tm) Collection of Buchholz Nursery, Oregon, USA. Essentially green, it is a darker green, almost a bluey-green, than many of the other dissectums. Perhaps not as weeping as some; a bit more statuesque one might say. Wonderful gold and crimson autumn colours, but another thing that stands out is the bark - a lovely silver that gives a superb contrast with the foliage and becomes a ghostly skeleton in winter. Very nice. Expect around 1.5m tall by a little wider in 10 years.
See it in our Maple Glade.

ACER palmatum dissectum 'Nigrum Select'
Yet another red dissectum, easily recognisable by the silvery hairs on the young leaves which are dark purple. Often irregular in growth, its uneven shape makes it popular for planting near ponds or in containers. The foliage colour is held well all summer and the vivid red autumn colours are some of the best in this group. 1-2m

ACER palmatum dissectum 'Octopus'
Subtly different, the purple foliage has an almost metallic sheen to it, having opened pinky red with a green central band to the leaf. Bright crimson red autumn colour. The growth rate is uneven between shoots, so wonderfully architecturally shaped plants are produced, potentially wider than high, of broad dome-shaped habit.
See it in our Maple Glade.

ACER palmatum dissectum 'Orangeola'
A superb selection with almost vertically cascading habit. It is characterised by the bright orange-red young growth, which turns a rich red green as it matures. The leaves are larger than most in this group. Late summer will see the display continue with dramatic contrast of new and mature foliage, before they develop dark red and fiery orange autumn colours. Although vigorous as a young plant, it stays low due to its very arching habit, so it will gain minimal height beyond the point to which it's trained. 
See it in our Maple Glade.

ACER palmatum dissectum 'Otto's Dissectum'
This one has stayed neat and tidily compact for me, with lovely lacy foliage. This starts off bright green, delicately bronzing in the sun until it has subtle orange tones over the green base. These orange tones come into their own in the autumn.

ACER palmatum dissectum 'Pink Ballerina'
This unique colour break occurred here as a sport of Acer dissectum 'Nigrum Select'. Thus the base colour is a deep rich purple, whilst scattered across the branches are leaves of the prettiest pink. What a fantastic combination! Good light is important to give good colour, but avoid full midday sun to protect the variegated portions. Typical mushroom-like growth habit. 
See it planted in our Quarry Garden.

ACER palmatum dissectum 'Pink Filigree'
This is a lovely, but extremely slow growing cultivar that is typically compact and bushy in habit rather than weeping. Young growth is pinkish purple, darkening as it matures, but never to completely purple. 

ACER palmatum dissectum 'Raraflora'
Ever-changing foliage colours start soft orange to shrimp pink, developing yellow-green centres with pink edging before becoming green for the summer. Vivid red autumn colours. Weeping habit.

ACER palmatum dissectum 'Red Autumn Lace'
The name says it all really! Reddish bronze tinges the new green leaves, which mature to various shades of green. However, that wonderful red autumn colour is proceeded by an eye-catching parade of yellow and orange. Broad, cascading mound to 3m x 4m.

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