Acer palmatum var. dissectum ‘Waterfall’

('Waterfall', Japanese Maple)


Hardiness Zones:

 5a  5b  6a  6b  7a  7b  8a  8b

Quick Overview:

‘Waterfall’ is a weeping cultivar with cascading branches that grows to 6′ tall over the first 10 years, eventually maturing over time to as much as 10′ tall. Each lace-like palmate leaf has 7-9 deeply dissected lobes, with each lobe cut to the leaf base. Leaves are dark green, and retain good color throughout the growing season before turning golden in fall with showy streaks of orange and red. ‘Waterfall’ is very similar in appearance to A. palmatum var. dissectum (Dissectum Viride Group) except the leaves of ‘Waterfall’ are slightly longer and its fall color includes more reds and yellows. Cultivar name is in reference to the foliage which cascades downward like a waterfall.

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Easily grown in moist, organically rich, slightly acidic, well-drained soils in full sun to part shade. Grows well in sandy loams. May be grown in full sun in the northern parts of its growing range, but prefers some part afternoon shade in the southern parts of its growing range. New foliage may scorch in full sun locations in hot summers areas, particularly if soils are not kept consistently moist. Mulch helps retain soil moisture and keep roots cool. Avoid hot and dry sites. Site in locations protected from strong winds. Pruning is best kept to a minimum, but if needed should be done in late fall to mid winter. Spring or summer pruning often results in significant bleeding. In the case of ‘Waterfall’, some staking may be required in order to achieve the best mounded or umbrella-like form.

Additional information

Common Name

'Waterfall', Japanese Maple

Botanical Name

Acer palmatum var. dissectum 'Waterfall'


15 gallon

Evergreen or Deciduous


Hardiness Zone

5a, 5b, 6a, 6b, 7a, 7b, 8a, 8b

Growth Rate


Light Requirements

Part-shade, Part-sun, Sun


8 to 10 ft.


10 to 14 ft.

Soil Condition


Water Needs




Foliage Color


Deer Resistant


Fall Color

golden yellow


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