Acer palmatum Seiryu is lovely and graceful maple and is one of the few upright lace leaf maples. In Japanese Seiryu means ‘blue-green dragon’. This maple starts out light green in the spring turning a beautiful lawn green in the summer – fall color is crimson-red. The lacy leaves are smaller than most dissectum weepers. Though it looks delicate this hardy maple can take full sun to mostly shade and everything in between. The natural growth habit is tree-like with multiple willowy branches that move with the wind. In 10 years Seiryu may reach 10-11’ tall and 6’ wide.
Acer palmatum Seiryu is not really a shade tree – more wispy-like allowing filtered sun to pass through. For this reason Seiryu can handle the wind because it blows through the branches and leaves. This maple is one of only a hand-full of upright lace leaf maples which makes it a good focal point for a garden because it is so unique. All maples need some pruning, especially when young to shape the structure of the tree. For more information see Pruning Japanese Maples. Once established this cultivar is hardy to -10 degrees – USDA Zone 6.
If you love Japanese Maples as much as I do and are a Facebook user – you can learn more about these amazing trees by joining the Facebook Group – Japanese Maples and Conifers.It is free to join and the contributors have a wealth of experience and are available for questions. I frequently participate in discussions.
The first photo shows the wonderful lacy look of this upright cultivar. The second photo shows the fall finish – crimson red.