Acer palmatum dissectum Filigree is a feathery green lace leaf maple that is slow growing. It does not become a big weeper. In fact, Filigree is one of the smallest maples in the dissectum group. Dissectum refers to the leaves that are deeply are cut and serrated. Early spring color is light green which holds through most of the summer before changing to yellow and finally gold in the fall. Like many other lace leaf maples the green leaves are reticulated – that is the leaves have visible veins. In cooler climates this maple may be able to handle mostly sun, but to be on the safe side – shade in the afternoon is best. Ideal for a small garden or water feature because it is slow growing. Many prefer Filigree over Viridis and Waterfall for a smaller shady area because of its size or maybe because there are less leaves to clean-up.
Acer palmatum dissectum Filigree requires some pruning like all maples when the maple is young to form the desired structure of the tree. Please see Pruning Japanese Maples. For all maples good drainage is very important. Planting in clay soil can drown your maple unless you create a raised bed above the clay or on a small mound. Information about dealing with clay soil is available atPlanting Japanese Maples.
For maple collectors or as we call ourselves maple-holics I would like to recommend a wonderful Facebook Group –Japanese Maples and Conifers. This is a group of knowledgeable maple enthusiasts with a wealth of good information and great photos. Though this is a private group – anyone who has a Facebook account is welcome to join – just ask.
Limited availability – Generally I do not ship 3 gallon size weeping lace leaf maples because the branches become too stiff to pack, however Filigree is an exception.
The photo shows a close-up of the leaves of a Filigree in my inventory.