Acer palmatum var. dissectum ‘Viridis’

('Green Cutleaf', Japanese Maple)


Hardiness Zones:

 5a  5b  6a  6b  7a  7b  8a  8b

Quick Overview:

Dissectum Viride Group is a dwarf, mounded, shrubby, multi-stemmed, green-leaved form with cascading branching and a weeping habit. It typically grows to 6-10′ tall. Michael Dirr suggests that Dissectum Viride Group is a “catch-all term” that covers all green leaf dissected types. Finely cut, palmate (7-9 lobes), green, dissected leaves (2-4″ long) turn yellow to red in fall. Small reddish flowers in spring give way to greenish samaras which ripen in late summer to early fall. As with many maples, the flowers are rather attractive close up, but are not particularly showy from a distance.  (Courtesy of the Missouri Botanical Garden Plant Finder)


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 range. New foliage may scorch in full sun locations in hot summer 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.  (Courtesy of the Missouri Botanical Garden Plant Finder)

Additional information

Common Name

'Green Cutleaf', Japanese Maple

Botanical Name

Acer palmatum var. dissectum 'Viridis'


20 gallon

Evergreen or Deciduous


Hardiness Zone

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

Growth Rate


Light Requirements

Part-shade, Part-sun, Sun





Soil Condition


Water Needs


Flower Color

greenish yellow



Foliage Color


Deer Resistant


Fall Color

golden yellow

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