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Ribbon Leaf Japanese Maple

Acer palmatum 'Atrolineare' (= 'linearilobum atropurpureum')

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Ribbon Leaf Japanese Maple

Acer palmatum 'Atrolineare' (= 'linearilobum atropurpureum')

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Botanical Name

Acer palmatum 'Atrolineare' (= 'linearilobum atropurpureum')

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Full Sun, Partial Sun



The Ribbon-leaf Japanese Maple is an outstanding variety of this diverse group of remarkable trees, notable for the extremely long and narrow lobes on the leaves. The leaves are also a rich purple-red color, changing to brilliant reds and oranges in the fall. The tree has an upright form, contrasting with the descending form of the leaves, creating a unique look. It grows into a large shrub or small tree, reaching 6 to 8 feet in height, and eventually perhaps 12 feet. It remains relatively narrow, only about 5 feet wide, so it is perfect for that narrow space, where you want to have something very special and eye-catching. Plant it in partial-shade beneath taller trees, as a specimen in an Asian-themed garden, as a potted tree in a beautiful pot or planter, or turn it into a remarkable bonsai. Whatever way you grow this tree, you will love its special form and vibrant beauty.

  • Dramatic foliage with thin, descending leaf lobes
  • Rich spring growth in purple-red
  • Vibrant fall colors of red and orange
  • Ideal small size for those small spaces
  • Easily grown with some basic care

The Ribbon-leaf Japanese Maple grows well in full sun in cooler areas, where it will develop the best spring and fall colors. In hotter areas it is best with some afternoon sun, to protect the leaves from scorching. It grows best in soil rich in organic material, well-drained and evenly moist. Keep it well watered, especially during the early months, and do not let it become completely dry at any time. Drought or constantly wet soil are not tolerated well, but overall this is not a difficult tree to grow, with basic care. It has no significant pests or diseases and thrives in any ordinary garden conditions.

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