Inaba Shidare Lace Leaf Japanese Maple

Award Winning Japanese Maple

  • Amazing purple to red color
  • Low maintenance
  • Perfect compact size for even the smallest spaces
  • Great for containers
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Between the Garden of Merit Award from the Royal Horticulture Society and Southern Living listing this Japanese Maple in their "Top 6 Japanese Maples" the Inaba Shidare is quickly rising in popularity.

The Inaba Shidare is a unique, beautiful Japanese Maple with its upright growth, cascading form, and stunning color.  In spring leaves emerge a deep purple.  As spring becomes summer reds begin to shine through, turning the lacy, delicate leaves crimson.  As autumn takes hold, cool weather arrives, bringing about the final leaf transition, a bright, bold red.

This hardy Japanese Maple is extremely low maintenance and easy to grow.  With proper watering this variety rarely has issues with pests or diseases.  

The Inaba Shidare is a perfect accent or focal tree for water, rock or meditation gardens.  This compact Maple can tolerate full sun in cooler climates.  However, in southern regions be sure that your tree receives afternoon shade to avoid sun scorch.  Keeping your soil moist, but not wet will also help protect your Inaba Shidare from summer heat and sun.  Plan for a mature height of 6 to 10 feet and spread of 8 to 15.  This variety is great for containers and tends to stay smaller in a container.

Don't miss out!  This phenomenal Japanese Maple is hard to find, and we only have a limited quantity.  Order yours today!

Additional Information

Shipping Restriction AZ
Grows in Zones 5, 6, 7, 8, 9
Indoor/Patio Hardiness Zones 2, 3, 4, 5, 6, 7, 8, 9, 10, 11
Sunlight Full Sun, Part Sun, Part Shade
Soil Type Acidic, Adaptable, Well-drained, Fertile
Mature Height 8-10 Feet
Mature Width 10-15 Feet
Drought Tolerance Semi
Fall Color Red
Bloom Color Red
Botanical Name Acer palmatum var. dissectum 'Inaba-shidare'

How To Care for your new Inaba Shidare Lace Leaf Japanese Maple

When planting your Lace Leaf Japanese Maple be sure you have the right location and conditions for your new tree to thrive.  Spring and Fall are ideal times to plant.  However, if you avoid freezing and hot temperatures you can plant your Maple almost any time of the year.  

Lace Leaf Maples tolerate full sun to part shade.   Choose part sun/shade unless you are in a cooler growing zone, like a 5 or 6.  In sunny spots you may see some leaf scorch when these trees are young, especially if they are not getting adequate water.  Keep your tree watered if you do notice leaf scorch, but don't panic.  Leaf Scorch is not going to affect the overall health of your tree.  Japanese Maples prefer soil that is well-drained, but moist, neutral to slightly acidic, and nutrient rich.  However, Japanese Maples will adapt to a variety of soils.  Mulching will keep the roots moist and protect them from extreme temperatures in winter.  Add a layer of 2 to 3 inches of mulch.  Do not allow the mulch to touch the trunk as this increases the chances of pests and disease.  Japanese Maples should be watered often enough to keep the soil moist.  Do not allow the the soil to dry completely or be overly saturated.  Either condition can harm a Japanese Maple.  Fertilize in early spring and when planting to give your tree a boost. Choose a slow release fertilizer.  When planting take care not to burn the roots by mixing the fertilizer into the soil before placing your tree in the hole. Lace Leaf  Maples don't generally require pruning, but, if needed, prune when they are dormant to remove any dead, dying, or crowded branches, or to maintain shape.  

The best way to prevent disease and pests is by providing the appropriate care for your plants.  Proper location choice, watering, and fertilization are the keys to your success.  Scale, Mites, and Aphid are insects that can occasionally affect Japanese Maples.  You can treat these pests naturally with horticultural oil, neem oil, or insecticidal soap.  For severe infections you can use pesticides like carbaryl, also known as Sevin. Another potential pest of Japanese Maples is the Japanese Beetle. Look into parasitic nematodes and bacillus thuringiensis for effective, organic control of this pest. 


Planting Directions

Step 1:

Unpack all of your plants right away! Look for the perfect location. Make sure you are planting in the correct light conditions.

Step 2:

Dig a hole twice the width of the root ball. Position your plant in the hole. Make sure the top of the root ball is slightly higher than the original grade of the bed. Also check to make sure it is straight from all sides.

Step 3:

Fill up hole with water before placing new plant in hole in order to saturate the surrounding soil.  Once the water is absorbed place your plant in the hole and water thoroughly.  


Planting a shrub digging the hole

Step 4:

Mix the potting soil and the soil removed from the hole. Start by backfilling soil around the root ball. Carefully pack in the soil to remove any air pockets. Water plant thoroughly again until the soil will not hold any more water. This will ensure that your new plant will be a success.

Step 5:

Fertilize around your plant with the amount recommended on the package. Our special Fertilizer contains all of the nutrients to keep your plants growing and healthy. Repeat every 3 months.

Step 6:

Finish up by mulching around your new plant.  Apply 1-2 inches of mulch around the plant and plant bed. Mulch will help keep the soil moist and keep weeds out.

Step 7:

Keep watered with a hose every 2-3 days for 2 weeks. This is critical for plant survival. In the third week, begin to water as needed depending on the weather. Always check by placing your finger under the mulch to see if the soil is moist.


Shipping and Delivery

Most orders ship next business day.  Please allow 1-3 business day to process and pack your order for shipping.  View the shipping map below.  Please note that shipping times on the map below are not guaranteed.  

West coast orders on plants will be held until the following Monday to prevent additional transit time on sensitive plants.  Your plants will be carefully packaged and shipped using Fedex, UPS, or USPS.   

You will receive a confirmation via email when the carrier picks up your shipment.  Delivery emails are also sent when your package arrives.  As soon as your package arrives, It is important to open your boxes and water your new plants thoroughly.

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