ACER palmatum dissectum atropurpurerum 'Crimson Queen'
The “Crimson Queen,” dissectum cultivar, originated in the United States.
The most important characteristic of the “Crimson Queen” is its deep, red color in the spring and early summer months. Its leaves turn green or bronze as the season progresses. During the growing season, the “Crimson Queen” will have a deep red color. It grows well in full sunlight up to temperatures of 100 degrees F with very little sunburn. Autumn colors are bright scarlet.
The Crimson Queen’s dissected leaves have lobes measuring up to 9 cm long, with side lobes of approximately 5 to 6 cm. The petioles can be as long as 4 cm. The narrow lobes are deeply divided and notched in a “pinnatifid” form.
As they age, the trees develop shorter growth shoots, making the foliage more dense, to create a beautiful, cascading, ornamental tree. Mature trees grow to approximately 15 feet in height and 20 feet in width.
ACER palmatum dissectum atropurpurerum 'Ever Red'
The new spring growth of the “Ever Red” is covered with silver-gray hairs, which turn to a rich, deep, red color as the season progresses. This rich red is the distinguishing characteristic of the “Ever Red”, which is retained throughout the summer months.
The leaves have finely dissected lobes, with deeply dissected lobes along the edges and toward the midribs, and can be as long as 12 cm. Each leaf has seven dissected portions, and can be up to 10 cm wide. The tree has a beautiful, feathery, cascading appearance.
Planting in full sun or partial shade will affect the length of color retention. Partial shade will prolong the deep, red color. In late summer, the tree will turn bronze, changing to the brightest, richest red in autumn.
ACER palmatum dissectum 'Filigree'
The filigree is the most sophisticated dissectum. It has a very delicate appearance. The filigree’s color is yellow-green in the spring, turning to deeper green as the season progresses. Autumn leaves reach a rich, golden color enhanced by silver green branches.
The shape of the filigree leaf is very distinctive, but difficult to describe. Leaves are deeply dissected to the center with all seven lobes delicately dissected to the midrib. The leaves are toothed, creating a double-dissected and very lacy effect with sharp ends. Lobes are up to 8 cm long, and the complex leaf is approximately 11 cm wide at the broadest part of the leaf.
Filigrees have distinctive personalities, and must be inspected to determine which plant best suits the owner’s needs regarding placement and use.