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Dwarf Japanese Maple Groundcover

  • Scientific Name: Acer palmatum 'Groundcouver'
  • Garden: Lawn Alternatives Garden
  • Plant Type: Ground Cover
  • Evergreen/Deciduous: Deciduous
  • Sun/Shade Exposure: Part SHade
  • Moisture Requirements: Moist, well-drained

Plant Information

Flowers: Small, red to purple, May-June. Stalked Umbles (possibly corymbs)
Fruit: Samara – Whirlybirds / Helicopters
Bark: Purple reddish to green depending on the variety
Size: Weeping forms can be kept low with minimal pruning. Allowed to mature, they can reach 6–12′ over time. Upright types vary. Full size cultivars grow 15–25′ tall. Semi-dwarf and dwarf varieties grow much slower and vary in mature size.
Pruning: Hard pruning should be done in late winter well before bud break. Mild spring and summer pruning can be done.
Light: Best protected from the hottest day sun in mid summer.
Soil: Moist well drained, not wet will tolerate mild acid conditions
Disease: Aphids, bacterial leaf spot, canker and verticillum wilt are problems we see the most.
Hardiness: Zone 5 and 6-8

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Photo Credit

ACPA Full Groundcover, ACPA Leaves Groundcover (©2022 Cheri Moland)