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Japanese Maple 'Seiryu'

Acer palmatum (Dissectum Group) 'Seiryu'

Also known as

Cut Leaved Japanese Maple 'Seiryu''

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Partial Shade
Moderate care
Moderate watering
Frost Hardy


RHS hardiness


Minimum temperature

Expected size








10 years to reach maturity


  • spring
  • summer
  • autumn
  • winter

This plant has no fragrance

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A close up of the the yellow-green leaves of Acer palmatum (dissectum group) 'Seiryu' - Japanese Maple

Japanese Maple 'Seiryu' Overview

Acer palmatum 'Seiryu' is a deciduous shrub that has a broad columnar habit. In spring, light-green, finely and deeply incised leaves appear. These mature and turn a striking orange, yellow and red in the autumn, before falling. It has insignificant flowers in spring, followed by winged fruits in spring/summer. Japanese Maple 'Seiryu' is a popular choice for Bonsai enthusiasts and Japanese themed gardens; this low-maintenance tree suits urban/courtyard gardens and cottage/informal settings. It provides a mid-level structure and can be grown in a container. This cultivar also goes under the name of Emerald Lace and the Japanese name 'Seiryu' means ''green dragon'' in English. 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. Acer palmatum 'Seiryu' has earned a Royal Horticultural Society Award of Garden Merit.

Common problems with Japanese Maple 'Seiryu'

How to propagate Japanese Maple 'Seiryu'


Take softwood cuttings in early summer


In late winter

Special features of Japanese Maple 'Seiryu'

Attractive leaves

Pot plant

Can be trained as Bonsai trees

Autumn colour

Other uses of Japanese Maple 'Seiryu'

Grown for its habit and foliage interest