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Inaba Shidare Japanese Maple

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Fabulous Weeping Inaba Shidare Japanese Maple

Although you'll instantly recognize the deeply cut "dissected leaf", people usually select this special accent Japanese Maple tree for it's beautiful, weeping habit. It's a tough choice, but we think the Inaba Shidare (Acer Palmatum var. dissectum 'Inaba Shidare') has one of the best presentations of all the weepers.

This is a weeping lace leaf maple, which means it has delicate-looking leaves on gracefully cascading branches. Don't let the airy disposition of Inaba Shidare fool you, though. This is a strong grower. It grows upright and straight, even though its branches droop appealingly.

With an upright structure and broad cascading limbs, this tree offers truly limitless landscape value. It's absolutely stunning.

It explodes in the spring with leaves that are such a deep reddish purple scarlet they almost appear black. After that, they only get more brilliant through the year and do not bronze in the heat of the later part of the summer.

When fall finally comes, the cold weather makes the leaves a bright fiery red rivalling all other fall color foliage. What a show!

  • Landscaper's Favorite
  • Upright, Cascading Form
  • Intricate Leaves with Outstanding Color
  • Three Seasons of Color
  • Winter Interest

This stunner is an exceptional ornamental tree, both in color and form. Order now for the best selection!

How to Use Inabe Shidare Japanese Maple in the Landscape

One of the quickest and easiest ways to raise the curb appeal and the value of your home is to add beautiful and interesting new landscaping. Well, this tree is definitely beautiful and interesting.

This is a perfect tree to place next to a pond, along a dry creek bed or water garden for a designer look. They make a wonderful accent tree for entryways.

Use them as focal points in a Meditation Garden, or placed in a formal, Japanese-style garden. Plant near your patio to gaze upon in wonder.

The Inaba Shidare is also the ideal container plant either on the patio or as a container specimen in the landscape.

#ProPlantTips for Care

The Inaba Shidare requires good drainage and does best when planted in acid soils rich in organic matter. A pH of 6 - 6.5 is perfect.

Improve your soil when planting with the Dr. Earth Acid Lovers Organic Planting Mix. Mix in 50% planting mix to the total volume of soil replaced when planting. To maintain a lower pH, fertilize with Dr. Earth Acid Lovers Organic and Natural Premium Fertilizer.

When faced with poor draining soils, plant the Inaba Shidare on a mound at least 18 inches high. This will ensure oxygen gets to the root system. Mulch the mound to keep the root cool and cut down on erosion.

Inaba Shidare does well in part shade to a full sun, but needs protection from the afternoon sun in the warmer climates. Mulch to 2 feet outside of the canopy and to 3 to 4 inches deep to keep the root both cool and moist by decreasing evaporation.

The growth rate is outstanding. These 3-year-old trees are shipped strong and healthy. Plant them and keep them well-watered and they will grow fast - 1-2 feet a year for the first few years. The tree will double in size in 5 years!

Inaba Shidare responds well to pruning, and you can keep this easy-care tree any size you like. You'll enjoy the best results if you schedule the pruning task for either winter and summer.

You love the striking color from spring to fall and truly appreciate that stunning form all year round. Order today!

Buying Options for Plants

Nature Hills sells a large variety of plants with several options available. Plants are offered in both potted containers and as dormant bare root without soil. Here is a helpful resource to understand your options as you create a beautiful landscape with help from Nature Hills.

Ever wonder what a larger plant will mean for your landscape? Container Sizes are really all about the age of the plant!

Seasonally, Nature Hills offers hand selected, high quality bare root trees, shrubs and perennials. Bare root plants are sold by height from the top of the root system to the top of the plant. Plants may be taller than the height minimums.

  • Popular sizes of select trees are 1 foot, 2 feet, 3 feet, etc.
  • Popular sizes of select bare root plants is 1 foot, 18 inches, etc.

Nature Hills Container Size by Volume

Young Plants to 18 Months
Size Volume
2"x2"x3" Ranges from .18 to .21 dry quarts / .198 to .23 dry liters in volume
4.5" Container Equal to .655 dry quart / .72 dry liter in volume
3.5" Container Equal to .67 dry quart / .74 dry liter in volume
4" Container Equal to .87 dry quart / .96 dry liter in volume
1 Quart Equal to 1 dry quart / 1.1 dry liter in volume
5.5" Container Equal to 1.89 of a dry quart / 2.08 dry liters in volume
4"x4"x5" Ranges from .8 to 1.1 dry quarts / .88 to 1.2 dry liters in volume
4"x4"x6" Ranges from 1.0 to 1.3 dry quarts / 1.1 to 1.41 dry liters in volume
4"x4"x9" Ranges from 1.1 to 2.1 dry quarts / 1.2 to 2.3 dry liters in volume
4"x4"x10" Ranges from 1.7 to 2.3 dry quart / 1.87 to 2.53 dry liters in volume
Plants 18 Months - 2.5 Years Old
Size Volume
2 Quart Equal to 2 dry quarts / 2.2 dry liters in volume
#1 Container Ranges from 2.26 to 3.73 dry quarts / 2.49 to 4.11 dry liters in volume
5"x5"x12" Equal to 3.5 to 4.3 dry quarts / 3.85 to 4.74 dry liters in volume
Plants 2 - 4 Years Old
Size Volume
#2 Container Ranges from 1.19 to 1.76 dry gallons / 5.24 to 7.75 dry liters in volume
#3 Container Ranges from 2.32 to 2.76 dry gallons / 10.22 to 12.16 dry liters in volume
Plants 3 - 5 Years Old
Size Volume
#5 Container Ranges from 2.92 to 4.62 dry gallons / 12.86 to 20.35 dry liters in volume
#7 Container Ranges from 5.98 to 6.08 dry gallons / 26.34 to 26.78 dry liters in volume

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Inaba Shidare Japanese Maple Is Suited to Grow in Zones 5-9
Growing Zones 5-9
More Information
Botanical Name Acer palmatum var. dissectum 'Inaba Shidare'
Foliage Red
Mature Height 10 - 15 feet
Mature Spread 8 - 15 feet
Soil Type Widely Adaptable
Moisture Medium
Sun Exposure Full Sun, Partial Sun
Growth Rate Medium
Flower Color N/A
Fall Color Red