Acer palmatum ('Linearilobum Atropurpureum') 'ATROLINEARE'

Acer palmatum ('Linearilobum Atropurpureum')
Acer palmatum ('Linearilobum Atropurpureum') 'ATROLINEARE'
Japanese maple
SIZE/TYPE medium-sized shrub
LEAVES deciduous broadleaf
COLOUR OF LEAVES +multicoloured:burgundy red and green
FLOWERS insignificant or non-blooming
LOCATION full sun
SOIL TYPE acidic (peaty)
SOIL MOISTURE REQUIREMENTS evenly moist (dislikes drought)
USDA zone (lowest) 5b   (down to -27°C)
FOR ZONE 5+6 Code of winter protection zone 5+6
FOR ZONE 7 Code of winter protection zone 7
BELONGS TO CATEGORIES Deciduous broadleaf
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Sometimes plants have two names and we tend to choose the easier one to pronounce. That is not the case of this Japanese maple though. Its preferred name is Linearilobum as opposed to another accepted name Scolopendrifolium. Now pick one. On top of that, this variety has the epithet Atropurpureum so the complete name is Linearilobum Atropurpureum. So why don’t we just call it LA maple?

But seriously, however difficult the name may sound this is a rare and beautiful version of Japanese maple with very thin, deeply lobed, linear leaves. They are deciduous and emerge bright burgundy red and mature to almost black-red in full sun while inner leaves inside the shrub are rather green. The leaves show bright green veins and stalks which creates an unusual contrast. Autumn colour varies from orange to crimson red.

It grows slowly, about 10-15 cm per year, forming a small tree or a large shrub with irregular shape which is exactly what is required from Japanese maples. Every plant is unique and evokes an unusual atmosphere if you can find it the perfect position in a stylish garden.

For best colour grow this one in full sun with constantly moist soil that has to be well-drained, acidic to neutral, and medium fertile. Keep it mulched all year round. It will love a location with high air humidity, e.g. at a river bank or near a pond but it is not a must. Fully hardy to min. -27°C (USDA zone 5b).

Last update 18-01-2011
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Acer palmatum ('Linearilobum Atropurpureum') height 40-50 cm

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Acer palmatum (Dissectum group)
Acer palmatum
Acer palmatum
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