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Chantilly Lace Japanese Maple

Acer palmatum 'Chantilly Lace'

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Chantilly Lace Japanese Maple (Acer palmatum 'Chantilly Lace') at Greenbloom Landscape Design

Chantilly Lace Japanese Maple foliage

Chantilly Lace Japanese Maple foliage

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Chantilly Lace Japanese Maple (Acer palmatum 'Chantilly Lace') at Greenbloom Landscape Design

Chantilly Lace Japanese Maple

Chantilly Lace Japanese Maple

(Photo courtesy of NetPS Plant Finder)

Height:  10 feet

Spread:  15 feet

Sunlight:  full sun  partial shade 

Hardiness Zone:  6a

Other Names:  Threadleaf Japanese Maple


A great little maple with very finely cut leaves; red new growth quickly changes to green from the center of the leaf, giving a variegated appearance; light green summer foliage turns to a dazzling raspberry red in fall; a cascading, irregular habit

Ornamental Features

Chantilly Lace Japanese Maple has attractive green foliage edged in red which emerges red in spring. The deeply cut lobed palmate leaves are highly ornamental and turn outstanding shades of scarlet and purple in the fall. Neither the flowers nor the fruit are ornamentally significant.

Landscape Attributes

Chantilly Lace Japanese Maple is a dense deciduous tree with a strong central leader and an upright spreading habit of growth. Its relatively fine texture sets it apart from other landscape plants with less refined foliage.

This is a relatively low maintenance tree, and should only be pruned in summer after the leaves have fully developed, as it may 'bleed' sap if pruned in late winter or early spring. It has no significant negative characteristics.

Chantilly Lace Japanese Maple is recommended for the following landscape applications;

  • Accent
  • Mass Planting
  • Hedges/Screening
  • General Garden Use
  • Container Planting

Planting & Growing

Chantilly Lace Japanese Maple will grow to be about 10 feet tall at maturity, with a spread of 15 feet. It tends to be a little leggy, with a typical clearance of 1 foot from the ground, and is suitable for planting under power lines. It grows at a slow rate, and under ideal conditions can be expected to live for 60 years or more.

This tree does best in full sun to partial shade. It prefers to grow in average to moist conditions, and shouldn't be allowed to dry out. It is not particular as to soil pH, but grows best in rich soils. It is somewhat tolerant of urban pollution, and will benefit from being planted in a relatively sheltered location. Consider applying a thick mulch around the root zone in winter to protect it in exposed locations or colder microclimates. This is a selected variety of a species not originally from North America.

Chantilly Lace Japanese Maple is a fine choice for the yard, but it is also a good selection for planting in outdoor pots and containers. Its large size and upright habit of growth lend it for use as a solitary accent, or in a composition surrounded by smaller plants around the base and those that spill over the edges. Note that when grown in a container, it may not perform exactly as indicated on the tag - this is to be expected. Also note that when growing plants in outdoor containers and baskets, they may require more frequent waterings than they would in the yard or garden.

Hardiness Zone Plant Height Minimum Sunlight
Accent  Massing  Screening  Garden  Container 
Foliage Color  Fall Color  Texture  Plant Form 
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