The tree typically forms a gentle weeping habit, making it well-suited to growing at the edge of a pond. For best results, grow Acer palmatum var. dissectum in moist but well-drained soil in partial shade. Protect it from the harshest winds, which may cause leaf scorch.
Prune Japanese maples (Acer palmatum and Acer japonicum) after leaf fall but before January. Some simple pruning can restore or enhance their natural beauty, bringing out the best of these garden favourites for summer and winter viewing.