Waterfall Japanese Maple

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Cascading Lace Waterfall Japanese Maple

  • Beautiful, Fine-Textured Leaves are Strongly Dissected
  • Foliage Stays Vibrant Bright Green All Season
  • Fiery Gold Fall Color Tipped With Crimson
  • Lyrical Weeping Branches
  • Exquisite Focal Point for Courtyards
  • Lovely Near Water Features
  • Can Be Grown in Oversized Containers
  • Tiny Purple Blooms Provide Nectar for Butterflies and Pollinators
  • Deer Tend to Leave it Alone
  • Does Well in Full Sun or Part Shade
  • Great Bonsai Candidate

Capture your imagination, and offer your garden visitors a visual treat with this exceptional small tree. Waterfall Japanese Maple (Acer palmatum var. dissectum 'Waterfall') brings a larger-than-life impact in your landscape design.

Use it for a gentle, rolling sense of structure. The cascading secondary branches weep towards the ground and create a bridge between land and sky.

Waterfall features finely dissected leaves that move and quake in the breeze. Their soft texture and dynamic movement provide layers of interest that captivates you each time you view your tree.

Using evocative trees like Waterfall easily enriches your spirit. Putting their charm to work in a personalized space is one of the biggest secrets of Japanese Gardens.

They'll be a natural partner to our other Japanese Maples in a marvelous planting. Contrast their acid green foliage and weeping form with your favorite upright or purple-leaved choices.

Waterfall's spreading branches can drape over landscape boulders, or grace the ground behind a rounded Azalea. These partner trees snuggle in to soften the look without losing their subtle strength.

You may not notice the petite purple flowers in spring. But plenty of neighborhood butterflies, hummingbirds and beneficial pollinators will appreciate the source of nectar.

All season, this stunning tree draws the eye. But things really heat up starting in autumn, as the night temperatures start to drop.

That's when the golden leaves with hints of crimson deliver a gorgeous seasonal counterpoint. The glowing leaves make your tree look like it's been lit from within.

It's no wonder why professional garden designers across the country search for this special variety. They trust our garden experts to deliver impeccable commercial-grade plant material; so that they can impress their clients.

You deserve this kind of VIP treatment, too. Order one or more of our superlative Waterfall Japanese Maple trees today.

How to Use Waterfall Japanese Maple in the Landscape

This petite tree could be the world's most perfect Bonsai candidate. You'll start with exceptional quality, and sculpt your new tree creation into a living work of art.

Do the same with a Waterfall planted in the landscape. Study your new plants to site them for the best advantage.

Turn the pot this way and that to study their downturned branches. Each tree has a "face", so look for the aspect you want to present to the world.

People have been custom fitting Japanese Maples to their spaces for many centuries, and you can, too. We offer a lot of expert pruning tips on our Garden Blog and on our YouTube channel.

Leverage their drooping branches in an organic embrace to amplify a garden sculpture or bench. Keep the look manicured...or allow it to become a free-form installation.

A single Waterfall Japanese Maple grows into a delightful specimen. With an elegant, horizontal branching habit, it is interesting even during winter!

Decorate small space gardens with their charm. Or, keep yours in an oversize outdoor container as a large potted patio tree.

Planting several trees together also makes a wonderful statement. Try a hedge of them in front of a mature Spruce or Pine tree, and you'll tell a compelling garden story.

As you can imagine, reflected Waterfall Japanese Maple trees are perfection itself. Weave them into place at the edge of a pond across from your seating area, and enjoy the lovely view with your morning coffee or tea.

At night, add exterior lighting pointed up into the canopy of your trees. Savor this sophisticated display, unwinding after a long day at the office.

This versatile choice can be used as a rounded shrub, as well. Include them in a thoughtful grouping, playing with size and shape to create an effective focal point.

Take this idea, and use it on a sheltered balcony. A series of container-grown Waterfalls will also become a noteworthy privacy screen as a welcome bonus.

Breathe life into your space by playing off their form, color and texture. Try a pair flanking either side of the entrance to a hidden garden path, and you'll gift your guests a heightened sense of anticipation for the experience.

#ProPlantTips for Care

In the cooler Zones, they'll do fine in full sun. But once you go further into the warmer temperatures, they need afternoon shade...ensure they receive at least four hours for the best color.

They need well-drained soil, and prefer a slightly acidic pH. Mulch with pine straw or pine bark over the root systems, but pull it back away from touching the stem.

Our growers recommend Nature Hills Root Booster during planting, as the support never "wears out". The critical ingredients develop a symbiotic relationship with the tiny feeder roots and help in absorption of micronutrients from the soil.

Provide an even schedule of moderate water. Container grown trees can be set up on automated drip irrigation to keep it hands-free.

Prune to shape your Waterfall in early spring. Look for a swollen bud on the outside of the branch, then prune at a 45-degree angle just above it.

Waterfall Japanese Maple is a showy choice that delivers exceptional beauty day in and day out...all year-long. Place your order today!

Single Stem, Multi Stem, Shrub Form, Oh My!

Before you buy, make sure you know what you’re getting! Single stem, multi stem and shrub forms are different so read a bit about which we’re currently offering below.

Single Stem: 

These are plants that have one stem coming from the ground. Plants can also be considered single stem when lower branches are removed to raise the height of the branching. Sometimes, you will hear a single stem referred to as Tree Form.

Multi Stem:

These are plants with 2 or more stems planted together in the ground in close proximity to form a clump. There are times multi stems are formed by a tree that branches at the soil line with more than one main stem. 

Shrub Form:

These are bushy plants with many stems and branchings close to the ground. They are referred to as shrubs or bushes and are often shorter than their tree forms.

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

Keep in mind, specific varieties and different growing conditions can affect the rate at which plants grow. Variations in size may occur.

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 .65 dry quart / .72 dry liter in volume
Sprinter Pot Equal to .63 dry quart / .69 dry liter in volume
4" Container Ranges from .31 to .87 / .35 to .96 dry liter in volume
6" Container Equal to 1.4 dry quarts / 1.59 dry liters 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
#6 Container Ranges from 5.25 to 6.01 dry gallons / 23.12 to 26.42 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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Due to winter weather we have put a hold on shipping to the areas shown below in grey. You can still order now and we will ship the plant to you during an appropriate time for your zone.

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Shipping Rates

At Nature Hills we handle, package and ship the products you order with the utmost care to ensure healthy delivery. Shipping and handling charges are calculated based on the tables below. Please note that some items include an additional handling surcharge, these will be noted on the item's product page.

From To S&H
0 - 19.99 24.99
20 - 49.99 29.99
50 - 69.99 34.99
70 - 99.99 39.99
100 - 129.99 44.99
130 - 149.99 48.99
150 - 150+ Approx 28%

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Waterfall Japanese Maple Is Suited to Grow in Zones 5-8
Growing Zones 5-8
More Information
Brand Nature Hills' Choice
Botanical Name Acer palmatum var. dissectum 'Waterfall'
Type Deciduous
Mature Height 8 - 10 feet
Mature Spread 8 - 12 feet
Sun Exposure Full Sun
Soil Well Drained
Moisture Medium
Growth Rate Medium
Foliage Color Green
Fall Color Yellow
Pollinator Friendly Yes
Pruning Time Early Spring
Fragrant No