Acer palmatum 'Seiryu'

Seiryu Japanese Maple


Seriyu Japanese Maple is a small upright deciduous tree with a broad-rounded crown and low branching.  Small deeply dissected, almost lace-like palmate leaves emerge light green with red tips and mature to medium green before earning hues of gold, orange, and red in fall.  Small non-showy umbels of red-purple flowers bloom mid-spring followed by samaras. Grows best in rich, moist, slightly acidic well-drained soils.  Prefers full sun in cooler climates, but needs afternoon shade in southern areas.




10’ - 15’ 


8’ - 12’



USDA Hardiness Zone: 

5 - 8


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MAINTENANCE NEEDS: Low maintenance.  Water regularly. Mulch in southern climates to keep roots cool.  Keep pruning to a minimum and prune in fall or winter. Potential issues include stem canker, leaf spots, fusarium, wilt, botrytis, anthracnose, and root rots.  Potential insect pests include aphids, scale, borers, root weevils, and mites. Chlorosis may occur in high pH soils.

LANDSCAPE USES: Group Plantings or Specimen Tree, Naturalized AreasWoodland GardensPrivacy ScreenStreet Treeand Shade Tree. 

COMPANION PLANTS: Japanese Forest Grass, Rhododendron, Hosta

IMAGE:, (2) Photo by David J. Stang, Acer palmatum Seiryu 1zzCC BY-SA 4.0

*As plants have ranges in appearance they may not appear as the images shown.