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Acer japonicum 'Green Cascade'

Plant Type:


Acer japonicum ‘Green Cascade’ (ex: Nickou) – 'Green Cascade' is a rare, very cut-leaf weeping form. The finely cut foliage sporting narrow lobes is intermediate between ‘Aconitifolium’ and ‘Branford Beauty’ but closer to the latter in look. Foliage is a deep dark green. Branches gently and lyrically weep and undulate forming an impressive and unusual form composed of snaking stems in all seasons. An occasional arm will grow longer than others adding interesting character to this marvelous tree. This is a fairly strict weeper and should be staked for height whereupon it will gently cascade as genetic gravity takes its course! And it can be very well-employed atop a embankment where it will follow the contours like a cascading torrent of water. Fall foliage is generally a fire engine red but may also mix with orange and gold in some autumns. Site ‘Green Cascade’ in full to nearly full sun planted in fertile, organic soil. For gardeners towards the northern end of its range spring planting is advised. Established potted Acer japonicum, cutting grown.

More About Acer japonicum 'Green Cascade'

  • Weeping Form - Stake to Height


(4b)5 to 7
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Characteristics and Attributes for Acer japonicum 'Green Cascade'

Season of Interest (Flowering)

  • Early Spring

Season of Interest (Foliage)

  • Spring / Summer / Autumn

Interesting Bark

  • Smooth

Autumn Interest

  • Autumn Leaf Color


  • Sun Tolerant
  • Morning Sun / Afternoon Shade
  • Dappled Shade
  • Full Sun


  • Specimen

Growth Rate in the Garden

  • Slow


  • Fertile


  • Garden Origin

Propagated By

  • Cutting Grown

Genus Overview: Acer

So many maples, so little time! There are an extraordinary number of very good species in Aceraceae, many of smaller stature that fit well in smaller landscapes and gardens of any size. Most have multi-season appeal and, indeed, these are the ones to which we at Quackin’ Grass Nursery gravitate. Most are content in fertile draining soils sited in full sun. Others are happier in the part sun conditions akin to the understory stature as suggested by their size. Through the years we have found that many maples when planted in the far northern end of the USDA hardiness range respond well to protection during at least their first winter - preferably more - in the landscape, i.e. use tall stakes set firmly in the ground with burlap attached completely barricading the tree. All of our maple offerings are cutting grown; these plants are not grafted.