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Japanese Maple 'Cascade Ruby'

Acer palmatum (Palmatum Group) 'Cascade Ruby'

Also known as

Acer 'Cascade Ruby', Weeping Japanese Maple 'Cascade Ruby'

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Partial Shade
Easy care
Moderate watering
Frost Hardy


RHS hardiness


Minimum temperature

Expected size









  • spring
  • summer
  • autumn
  • winter

This plant has no fragrance

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A close up of the gold-red leaves of Acer palmatum 'Cascade Ruby'
A close up of the gold-red leaves of Acer palmatum 'Cascade Ruby'

Japanese Maple 'Cascade Ruby' Overview

Acer palmatum 'Cascade Ruby' is an upright deciduous shrub that forms a round-topped, standard tree with branches that have a weeping or drooping habit. It is unlikely to grow straight up, however. It produces orange-yellow leaves in spring which then develop through to a mid-green colour, before turning a stunning yellow-orange in Autumn. Commonly known by the names Japanese Maple 'Cascade Ruby' and Maple 'Cascade Ruby', its new stem growth is red, contrasting against the yellow-green leaves. It has insignificant flowers in spring followed by winged fruits in spring/summer. It likes a sheltered position in partial shade. Leaf colour will be more impressive when grown in a slightly shaded area, but it will tolerate full sun if soil conditions are moist enough. Otherwise, leaf scorch may occur. It prefers soil that is on the acid, rather than the alkaline side, that is moist but well-drained. So keep well watered during dry spells (and regularly water newly planted trees). Additional plant feed may be required for potted or container-grown specimens. Acers can also benefit from spring and/or winter mulching with a helping of ericaceous material such as pine needles or chopped bracken. Little to no pruning is recommended, however removing dead or unwanted branches can be done in late autumn to midwinter. A low-maintenance, architectural plant, Acer palmatum 'Cascade Ruby' is a welcome addition to many garden styles, including courtyards, rock gardens and Japanese style gardens. It can be grown in large containers.

Common problems with Japanese Maple 'Cascade Ruby'

How to propagate Japanese Maple 'Cascade Ruby'



Take soft wood cuttings in early summer.

Special features of Japanese Maple 'Cascade Ruby'

Attractive leaves

Autumn colour

Pot plant