Acer palmatum ‘Burgundy Lace’ • Burgundy Lace Japanese Maple

Acer • Maple • カエデ • 楓 • kaede

[The text below was prepared by SJG Plant Committee for docent maple training in fall 2013]

Two grow in area B.  This spreading tree grows up to 18’ high and wide. The spring and early summer coloration is the typical burgundy red, but as the season progresses it turns bronzy or greenish. In autumn, it turns a deep red.

The leaves are deeply divided into seven ribbon-like lobes that are separated virtually to the leaf base. Lobes are sharply toothed along the entire margin. The ‘Burgundy Lace’ received the Royal Horticultural Society’s Award of Garden Merit, 1977. This splendid cultivar was originated in the US in the 1950s.


SJG • 10/22/13 – Acer palmatum ‘Burgundy Lace’ • Burgundy Lace Japanese Maple, two of them in Area B, leaning over the connector path – here in deep red autumn colors (middle of the picture)


SJG • 10/22/13 – Acer palmatum ‘Burgundy Lace’ • Burgundy Lace Japanese Maple, fallen autumn LEAVES (on what appears to be a bed of corsican mint?), area B

From University of Florida IFAS Extension:   This cultivar of Japanese Maple has a height and spread of about 12 feet. The multiple trunks are picturesque, grey and show nicely when lit up at night. `Burgundy Lace’ Japanese Maple is grown for its purple-red colored leaves, interesting growth habit and fine leaf texture. Leaves are dissected almost to the petiole. The red leaf color is best as the new leaves emerge in the spring and in the fall. Leaves turn almost green during the heat of the summer. Growth habit is more like a large shrub with branches to the ground. This may be the best way to grow this tree to show off its wonderful texture. […]

Go for more pics (including ours, from SJG!) and descriptions to UBC Botanical Garden Forums: […] ‘I love the colors on Burgundy Lace in the spring. For a short time is seems to have a rose-pink overtone. Always flowering profusey, this great little plant is a standout. While still small, I look forward to it every spring.’ […]


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