Acer palmatum Seiryu is lovely and graceful maple and is one of the few upright lace leaf maples.   In Japanese Seiryu means ‘blue-green dragon’. This maple starts out light green in the spring turning a beautiful lawn green in the summer – fall color is crimson-red. The lacy leaves are smaller than most dissectum weepers. Though it looks delicate this hardy maple can take mostly sun to mostly shade and everything in between, although care should be taken to provide shade protection from the hottest part of the day 4:00-6:00 pm. The natural growth habit is tree-like with multiple willowy branches that move with the wind. In 10 years Seiryu may reach 10-11’ tall and 6’ wide.

Acer palmatum Seiryu is not really a shade tree – more wispy-like allowing filtered sun to pass through. For this reason Seiryu can handle the wind because it blows through the branches and leaves. This maple is one of only a hand-full of upright lace leaf maples which makes it a good focal point for a garden because it is so unique. All maples need some pruning, especially when young to shape the structure of the tree. For more information see Pruning Japanese Maples.  Once established this cultivar is hardy to -10 degrees – USDA Zone 6. Check out my Story on Facebook.

The first photo shows the wonderful lacy look of this upright cultivar. The second photo shows early fall color orange to crimson and the 3rd photo shows the fall finish – crimson red.