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Cut-Leaf Japanese Maple

Latin name: Acer palmatum shishigashira
Common name: Cut-Leaf Japanese Maple
Plant group:
Bonsai trees - outdoor
Plant family:
Continental climate
Minimal temperature: °C (°F)
Optimal temperature: 20-24°C (68-75°F)
Recommended place:
Plant form:
tree-like, arboraceous
Height: 50 cm (19.5 in.)
Flower color:
dark red
Repotting: every 24 months (2 years)
Rarity: yes
Terrestrial pests ()
Maple mealybug (Phenacoccus aceris)
Chlorosis ()
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Availability on market            

This maple is native to China and Japan. Its botanical name comes from its leaves, which have 5 or more deep lobes and vaguely resemble a human hand. It is a popular bonsai subject in Japan. The bark on young branches and trunks is usually green (may be red on some varieties) and turns brown or light gray with age. There are many different varieties of A. palmatum, including thread-leaf or lace-leaf varieties and both green and red varieties. The red varieties seem to be more popular as bonsai.


Japanese maples are deciduous and loose their leaves in winter. Only to return in spring providing a show of new buds that is astoundingly beautiful.


Pests and diseases: Aphids, mildew, root rot.