This Japanese maple is grown for frilly purple-red leaves. The leaves are very serrated and give the tree a soft appearance overall. They turn brighter red in the fall. The tree can grow 5 to 7 feet tall and wider but is slow growing. It has a spreading, cascading form.
This tree works well as an accent tree in sheltered areas and works well as an understory tree. It grows best in part sun. Leaves will lose their color in full shade. It prefers moist, well-drained soils and shelter from too much wind.