Acer palmatum var. dissectum ‘Ever Red’

('Ever Red Cutleaf', Japanese Maple)


Hardiness Zones:

 5a  5b  6a  6b  7a  7b  8a  8b

Quick Overview:

Red Select is a purple-leaved cultivar with dissected leaves and contorted branching. It typically matures in a broad-mounded form to 6-8′ (less frequently to 15′) tall. It is noted for its ferny, lace-like foliage that emerges purple red in spring, matures to green with purple tints in summer and finally turns a showy orange-red in fall. Palmate, 7 to 11-lobed leaves (to 6″ long) are deeply cut to the point of attachment and are deeply dissected. Small reddish flowers in spring are somewhat attractive on close inspection, but are not showy from a distance. Seed from this cultivar will produce new maples, but the new trees will vary somewhat in both leaf color and in the amount of leaf dissection.Dwarf tree with delicate weeping effect. Foliage holds beautiful deep red color throughout summer before dropping in fall. Well-suited for use as a small lawn tree or on patios and entryways.  (Courtesy of the Missouri Botanical Garden Plant Finder)

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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 keeps 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.  (Courtesy of the Missouri Botanical Garden Plant Finder)

Additional information

Common Name

'Ever Red Cutleaf', Japanese Maple

Botanical Name

Acer palmatum var. dissectum 'Ever Red'


65 gallon

Evergreen or Deciduous


Hardiness Zone

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

Growth Rate


Light Requirements

Part-shade, Part-sun


6 to 10 ft.


8 to 14 ft.

Soil Condition


Water Needs


Flower Color




Foliage Color

deep purple red

Deer Resistant


Fall Color


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