The Laceleaf Japanese maple is a mushroom, domed shaped tree that has a cascading appearance with twisting branches. Available in greens and reds during the spring and summer months, this type of maple offers brilliant reds, oranges and yellows in the fall. Overall, the Laceleaf Japanese maple is a hardy tree and will thrive in USDA zones 5B through 8. Growing more wide than tall, this variety of maple offers over 23 dissectums to choose from in a wide range of sizes and colors.
As a sturdy tree, the Laceleaf Japanese maple doesn’t require an inordinate amount of attention. However, you should follow these instructions for care your tree should thrive.
Once or twice a week, depending on the level of rainfall, water your Laceleaf Japanese maple deeply and thoroughly from the spring to autumn months. If rainfall is an average of one inch weekly, you do not need to water the maple.
In the spring you should, as with many plants and trees, apply an all-purpose, slow release fertilizer. Talk to the professional at your garden center regarding the best fertilizer for your area and soil. If your garden center cannot provide the proper advice, read the backs of fertilizers to find the one right for your area. If the soil where you live is non-acidic you may need to fertilize more than once in the spring. In addition to fertilizing, spread a layer of three to four inches of mulch around the base of the tree continuing out to the drip line. The mulch will help to retain moisture in the soil and reduce weeds.
To encourage new growth and maintain appearance, remove low hanging, drooping branches and prune in the late winter or early spring. Always remain alert for insects and any display of disease, as the Laceleaf Japanese maple is prone to anthracnose, leaf spot, powdery mildew and root rot.