Acer palmatum var. dissectum ‘Inaba-Shidare’ is one of the oldest varieties of Japanese maples, propagated on the islands of Japan since the mid-1800’s. Once introduced to the United States, it soon became an instant star.
The Brilliant Colors of the Inaba Shidare
There are several colorful reasons for why this Japanese maple is a MUST HAVE for the average homeowner or die-hard collector. Beginning in the spring, scarlet red leaves emerge, appearing almost black. While most red Japanese maples start red then turn to dark green in the summer, the Inaba Shidare does not.
This Japanese maple only gets more brilliant throughout the growing season, with the best color action yet to come in the fall as the nights get cooler. With its fiery red fall color it is a SHOW STOPPER! During the winter the beauty of the upright but gracefully cascading branches is a sight to see.
Anatomy of Inaba Shidare
The Inaba Shidare has a dissectum, or lacelike leaf, providing more grace to the tree. Mature height can reach 10-15 feet tall and 8-15 feet wide. Most Japanese maples are to be planted in Zones 5-8 but the Inaba Shidare can also thrive the warmer Zone 9. When planting in the colder climates, the tree can be planted in full sun to part shade. In warmer climates, the tree can be planted in morning sun with afternoon shade. In the heat of the summer and dry periods, watering needs may increase.
So if you need some curb appeal, or are just looking for a great specimen for your home, think about Inaba Shidare. This Japanese maple is also a good choice for container gardening. You will not be disappointed!
Approximate size: 2′ Height x 1.5′ Width
Photo credit: Pacific East Nursery & Don Schmidt Nursery
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