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Japanese Maple 'Red Feather'

Acer palmatum (Dissectum Group) 'Red Feather'

Also known as

Cutleaf Japanese Maple 'Red Feather', Weeping Japanese Maple 'Red Feather'

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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

Japanese Maple 'Red Feather' Overview

Acer palmatum 'Red Feather' - sometimes listed as 'Red Feathers' - is an erect deciduous shrub that forms a compact mound shape with branches that have a weeping or drooping habit. It produces finely dissected, feathery looking leaves that emerge red in spring; this becomes deeper in summer and then turns a stunning crimson in autumn. The winter bark is bright red - meaning that this lovely specimen offers all year-round interest. Commonly known by the names Cutleaf, Weeping or Threadleaf Japanese Maple, this cultivar has also appeared on the market as 'Rilas Red' named for the daughter of Ronal Byleckie, the manager of the nursery this plant was discovered at, in 1980. A seedling of 'Burgundy Lace' its red stem growth also provides winter colour. 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, which 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 'Red Feather' is a welcome addition to many garden styles, including courtyards, rock gardens and Japanese gardens. Can be grown to good effect in a large container.

Common problems with Japanese Maple 'Red Feather'

How to propagate Japanese Maple 'Red Feather'



Take soft wood cuttings in early summer

Special features of Japanese Maple 'Red Feather'

Attractive leaves

Autumn colour

Winter colour

Pot plant