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Dr. Baker Cutleaf Japanese Maple*

Acer palmatum 'Dr. Baker'

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Dr. Baker Cutleaf Japanese Maple (Acer palmatum 'Dr. Baker') at Millcreek Gardens

Dr. Baker Cutleaf Japanese Maple foliage

Dr. Baker Cutleaf Japanese Maple foliage

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* This is a "special order" plant - contact store for details

Height:  8 feet

Spread:  8 feet

Sunlight:  full sun  partial shade 

Hardiness Zone:  5a

Group/Class:  Dissectum

Description:

This delicate gem has a gracefully weeping habit and delicate, lacy, reddish leaves during summer that turn fiery scarlet in fall; Japanese maples are the most coveted of all small landscape trees, having almost the perfect shape, habit, and fall colors

Ornamental Features

Dr. Baker Cutleaf Japanese Maple has attractive red foliage which emerges burgundy in spring. The tiny deeply cut ferny palmate leaves are highly ornamental and turn an outstanding scarlet in the fall. Neither the flowers nor the fruit are ornamentally significant.

Landscape Attributes

Dr. Baker Cutleaf Japanese Maple is a dense multi-stemmed deciduous shrub with a rounded form and gracefully weeping branches. It lends an extremely fine and delicate texture to the landscape composition which can make it a great accent feature on this basis alone.

This is a relatively low maintenance shrub, and should only be pruned in summer after the leaves have fully developed, as it may 'bleed' sap if pruned in late winter or early spring. It has no significant negative characteristics.

Dr. Baker Cutleaf Japanese Maple is recommended for the following landscape applications;

  • Accent
  • Mass Planting
  • Hedges/Screening
  • General Garden Use
  • Container Planting

Planting & Growing

Dr. Baker Cutleaf Japanese Maple will grow to be about 8 feet tall at maturity, with a spread of 8 feet. It has a low canopy with a typical clearance of 1 foot from the ground, and is suitable for planting under power lines. It grows at a slow rate, and under ideal conditions can be expected to live for 60 years or more.

This shrub does best in full sun to partial shade. It prefers to grow in average to moist conditions, and shouldn't be allowed to dry out. It is not particular as to soil pH, but grows best in rich soils. It is somewhat tolerant of urban pollution, and will benefit from being planted in a relatively sheltered location. Consider applying a thick mulch around the root zone in winter to protect it in exposed locations or colder microclimates. This is a selected variety of a species not originally from North America.

Dr. Baker Cutleaf Japanese Maple makes a fine choice for the outdoor landscape, but it is also well-suited for use in outdoor pots and containers. Because of its height, it is often used as a 'thriller' in the 'spiller-thriller-filler' container combination; plant it near the center of the pot, surrounded by smaller plants and those that spill over the edges. Note that when grown in a container, it may not perform exactly as indicated on the tag - this is to be expected. Also note that when growing plants in outdoor containers and baskets, they may require more frequent waterings than they would in the yard or garden.

 

* This is a "special order" plant - contact store for details

 
 
Hardiness Zone Plant Height Minimum Sunlight
Characteristics
Accent  Massing  Screening  Garden  Container 
Applications
Foliage Color  Fall Color  Texture  Plant Form 
Ornamental Features