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Waterfall Japanese Maple

Acer palmatum dissectum


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Tree Planting Kit
Tree Planting Kit

Getting your tree off to the right start can more than double its growth rate. Use our planting kit so your tree is ready for explosive growth.

Your planting kit includes:

  1. Tree Stake Kit to help keep your tree stable, giving roots time to grow.

  2. Breathable Tree Guard protects against gnawing mice, rabbits, deer and mowers.

  3. 2 oz of Root Rocket™ Mycorrhizal Fungi so your tree can quickly explode with new root growth.

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Waterfall Japanese Maple Planting Mix

Helps your Waterfall Japanese Maple get established in a fraction of the time, become more drought tolerant, and grow faster. Here's how:

Beneficial Bacteria... It's like a Probiotic for your tree... creating an explosion of fine hair roots that vastly improves nutrient and water uptake.

Course Organic Compost... loosens and improves all types of soils while promoting proper pH levels. You get better drainage and moisture retention.

Microbial Fertilizers... including Sea Kelp, Yucca, and 100 other elements proven to gently feed your tree without burning the roots.

Use 1 bag of Planting Mix for each plant ordered.

Soil Contents
-t- Root Rocket™ Fertilizer
Root Rocket™ Transplant Fertilizer

2oz. Packet

Get your new plants off to the right start by using Root Rocket™ Transplant.

This soil amendment contains 16 strains of mycorrhizal fungi, biostimulants, beneficial bacteria and Horta-Sorb® water management gel.

Simply sprinkle the product into the planting hole adjacent to the root ball when planting.

The organisms will start to work right away supplying the roots with much needed nutrition.

The specially formulated Horta-Sorb® will reduce transplant stress and aid in water retention.

1 packet per plant

Root Rocket Fertilizer
Add a Decorative Pot

Growing Zones: 5-9
(hardy down to -10℉)

Growing Zones 5-9
You are in Growing Zone: 6

Mature Height:

6-12 ft.

Mature Width:

8-12 ft.



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Botanical Name:

Acer palmatum dissectum

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A Four Season Tree for Year Round Elegance

Grow Your Own Piece of Picture Perfect Foliage

The Waterfall variety of the traditional Japanese Maple is a more manageable, shrub-like version of a classic. Instead of the bright red foliage its sister plants are known for, the Waterfall boasts a rounded stature and vibrant, cascading branches, sporting bright green, feather-like leaves throughout the spring.

As summer turns to fall, the tree begins to transform. That’s when magic happens. Plan to give this gorgeous shrub a place of prominence as you develop your landscape, and you will be rewarded with stunning color combinations of golden yellows, brilliant bronzes, luscious reds, and vivacious oranges. Every year, thousands of cars take off from the bustling metropolitan centers of New York and Washington DC with only a single mission in mind: find pretty leaves. When these tree-peepers make their yearly sightseeing pilgrimage north to New England, the Japanese Maples are, without doubt, one of the crown jewels to witness.

While some trees offer beautiful scenic flowering for a scant week or two, the Waterfall preserves its vivacity throughout the year, even during the winter, when its cascading beauty will help you beat the dreary winter blues, as it provides the perfect frame for a delicate, elegant snow sculpture.

No Greenthumb? No Problem.

With this shrub, there’s no need to sacrifice beauty for simplicity. This is a plant which adapts easily and won’t send you running to Google for troubleshooting advice. In northern parts of its extended growing range, it enjoys full sunlight, while in more temperate climates with hot summers, it is well suited to some afternoon shade. This variance will allow you enjoy the beauty of the Waterfall whether you live in southern Maine, suburban St. Louis or coastal Alabama.

When you plant the Waterfall, use some mulch to help keep the soil moist, and it will reward you with a natural beauty your entire neighborhood will be talking about. It isn’t a tree prone to needing pruning, and it doesn’t typically attract insects or disease. When looking for a plant that needs minimal upkeep, the Waterfall should be at the top of your list.

Build Your Own Paradise

The cascading branches of the Waterfall makes for an artists’ nirvana, and it is the perfect plant to set against the backdrop of a pond, stream, or aquatic garden. Visually appealing and unique in form, you’ll find this shrub will provide you the comfort of tranquility with the excitement of robust transformation and evolution throughout the year. Order now to begin planning your own transcendent fall foliage spectacular.

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Planting & Care

It's Easy to Plant & Care for Your Waterfall Japanese Maple

Waterfall Japanese Maple Planting Diretions

Waterfall Japanese Maple makes an attractive garden tree, with beautifully cascading branches with large bright green, feather like leaves in spring . As summer turns to fall, the magic begins to happen with the tree transforming to its stunning color combinations of golden yellows, brilliant bronzes, luscious reds, and vivacious oranges. The tree will go dormant over winter and drop all its leaves. This variety know as “Acer palmatum dissectum” performs its best in USDA growing zones 5-9 in full sun to partial sun. Waterfall Japanese Maple are slow growers, maturing to a height of 6-12 feet tall and 8-12 feet in width.

Location: When choosing a location for your maple, find a location that offers full sun to partial shade. In warmer climate, morning sun and afternoon shade would be better and in colder climate full sun. Maple thrive better in well drained soil. If the soil is clay or with poor drainage, adding organic matter is important.

Planting Instructions:
1) Dig each hole so that it is 2 times the width of the root ball and slightly shallower.
2) Loosen the soil, in and around the hole so the roots can easily break through.
3) Use your fingers to separate the roots of your tree and gently position downward in the hole. The top of the root flare (where the roots end and the trunk begins) should be about an inch above the surrounding soil.
4) Begin to backfill the site, tamping down the sol as you go.
5) Apply water to settle the soil and remove any air pockets that may have formed then remove debris like stones and grass and completely break up any dirt clumps.
6) Add mulch to retain moisture and water again after the transplant is complete.

Mulching: Mulching around your Japanese maple helps to maintain a weed free area, minimizes water loss in dry conditions, and provides winter protection for the roots during cold frosts. The ideal mulch bed is a 2 inch layer of coarse bark.

Watering: The “average” amount of water supplied to most common lawn and garden plants should be adequate for your new Japanese maple tree. During the hot summer months, water your maple in early morning or evening. This will help protect against a condition known as “scorching” where the leaves appear to have been burnt by the sun, a condition thought to be brought on by watering in the mid-day sun.

Fertilization: Japanese maples do not require large amounts of nutrients. If your other lawn and garden plants do well, your tree should grow just fine. Any recommended fertilization should use a balanced complete fertilizer such as a 10-10-10 formula for shrubs and trees. This should be applied once a year in early spring, and if possible be applied just before the leaves appear.

Pruning:  Your tree will need 2 to 3 years to become firmly established in your lawn or garden. After this period, you may begin to prune your tree if desired, although it is not required.

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How many inches does it grow in a year?
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