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Acer palmatum dissectum ‘Ben-Shidare tricolor’

A beautiful dome-shaped weeping acer with red, green and white variegated leaves that turn flaming red as they fall in the autumn. It will grow to 1 metre in height over a decade. The name means red cascading and it lives up to it.  This is a beautiful Acer, our garden designers use it in woodland designs together with green leaved Acers, Rhododendrons, Pieris and Skimmias.   Grows perfectly in a pot for years, if kept in a sheltered spot away from cold drying winds.


This is a tree for full sun to light shade as long as the roots are in cool, moist soil with good drainage. Acid to neutral conditions and needs to be out of strong winds. Do not prune in spring when the sap is rising.

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Hardiness level Green

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Hardy anywhere in Britain below approximately 1000ft (300m)

This is only meant as a guide. Please remember we're always on hand to give advice about plants and their frost hardiness.

Please remember that these coloured labels are only a rough guide.

General Point about Plant Hardiness: The commonly held belief that it's better to 'plant small' is perfectly true with herbaceous plants, but not necessarily true with woody plants. They need some 'wood' on them to survive severe cold - so plants of marginal hardiness in very cold areas should really be planted LARGER, rather than smaller, wherever possible.