Baby Lace Japanese Maple
acer palmatum 'Baby Lace'
Growzone: 5 - 9
In spring the color of Japanese Maple Baby Lace is astounding, with pink, red and green all mixed together but as the new growth hardens off the color quickly becomes solid light green. Fall color is a nice mix of yellows, oranges, and reds.
|2 Gal. 2.5 to 3 feet||$79.95|
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Baby Lace Japanese Maple was the first witches broom discovered on a dissectum type Japanese Maple. The leaves are small, delicate and just about as finely dissected as Red Filigree Lace Japanese Maple only much more irregular in shape. In spring the color is astounding, with pink, red and green all mixed together but as the new growth hardens off the color quickly becomes a solid light green. Fall color is a nice mix of yellows, oranges and reds. Although Japanese Maple Baby Lace is a highly sought after cultivar, it is hard to find in the trade due to the fact that it is rather slow growing and can be difficult to propagate.
Acer palmatum has been cultivated in Japan for centuries and in temperate areas around the world since the 1800s. The first specimen of the tree reached England in 1820. When Swedish doctor-botanist Carl Peter Thunberg traveled in Japan late in the eighteenth century, he secreted out drawings of a small tree that would eventually become synonymous with the high art of oriental gardens. He gave it the species name palmatum after the hand-like shape of its leaves, similar to the centuries-old Japanese names kaede and momiji, references to the 'hands' of frogs and babies, respectively. For centuries Japanese horticulturalists have developed cultivars from maples found in Japan and nearby Korea and China. They are a popular choice for bonsai enthusiasts and have long been a subject in art. Numerous cultivars are currently available commercially and are a popular item at garden centers and other retail stores in Europe and North America. Red-leafed cultivars are the most popular, followed by cascading green shrubs with deeply dissected leaves. Preparations from the branches and leaves are used as a treatment in traditional Chinese medicine.