Japanese Maple ‘Orangeola’

Acer palmatum dissectum ‘Orangeola’ Japanese Maple

Orangeloa is best known for it’s orange color but this magnificant tree is really a color wheel with roots!  The new foliage emerges in the spring with a red to orange cast to the leaves.  As summer moves in the leaves take on more of a green tint and then appear almost purple.  Then more new growth appears with that redish orange tinge, layered over top of the summer color.  Then as fall approaches the leaves turn red, then a brilliant orange.

That’s why I am so much in love with Japanese maples.  They change.  Constantly changing, showing off their individual personalities.

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Orangeola is a member of the dissectum family which means that it is laceleaf and a weeping habit.  Unlike most dissectums Orangeola tends to grow a little higher than it does wide.  In time it could reach 8′ high, but with regular pruning which I highly recommend I’d say most will be 42″ to 48″ high unless you really want the extra height, then you’d have to stake it upright and train it to grow that way.

Most all of my dissectum maples I allow to grow in that mushroom shape that they prefer, but I do prune them at least twice a year, just a little to make sure they maintain a really attractive shape.

Orangeola will grow in zones 5 through zones 9.   It does well in full sun, but some shade won’t hurt a thing.  Too much shade and it won’t grow well and you won’t see much color.  As with all Japanese maples the soil should be rich in organic matter and well drained.  Being well drained is the most important part, they do not like wet feet.

Acer palmatum dissectum Orangeola

Acer palmatum dissectum Orangeola


Acer palmatum Orangeola

Acer palmatum Orangeola


Japanese Maple Orangeola

Japanese Maple Orangeola


Japanese Maple Orangeola

Japanese Maple Orangeola


Japanese Maple Orangeola

Japanese Maple Orangeola


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14 thoughts on “Japanese Maple ‘Orangeola’

  1. Bruce on said:

    First of all thank you for your easy to follow guilds. They’ve been helpful and informative, especially the one related to “walkingstick.” I live near Sacramento, CA and recently purchased one in a 5 gallon pot to plant in back yard.

    Seeing how branches might be fragil and fact I have two large dogs is it possible to plant in large wooden half barrel to show-light the plant and safeguard it from the dogs?

    Which planting option will best suite plants best growth?

    Plant in half barrel or if necessary, cut out bottom of pot and place over properly dug hole so roots can extend and not be bound by pot.

    Thank so much for taking time to read this and hope to hear from you soon so I can pot plant which is now beginning to show buds.

    • Mike on said:

      Bruce, in your climate you can grow the Japanese maple in a pot or a barrel. Should take a long time before it would be root bound. In a colder climate I’d like to see the roots below ground for winter protection.

  2. Jack on said:

    Hey Mike –
    Always wanted a laceleaf maple, & never had one till yesterday. At a local big-box home improvement store, they had this exact variety, I think maybe in a 15 gallon container, marked down from $99 to $30, so I jumped on it.
    I live in the Atlanta area, & as you may know, it gets extremely hot & humid here, & the soil is mostly compacted clay.
    The tag says the tree should have morning sun only, like one of your other pages, but above you state that this variety does well in full sun, & maybe only partial shade. Which is it for this variety, considering my location? And if it got direct sunlight from about 11am to 3pm would that be too much heat?
    I typically plant things here only adding some lime, but would you recommend something else for the clay? I really want this tree to become my yard’s centerpiece.

  3. Robin Parker Meredith on said:

    I live in the San Francisco Bay area and I have an Orangeola Maple in a pot. It does fine but not superb. I wonder if I should plant it in the ground and if so, which facing direction would be best? And how close to the house?

    The sun gets hot June – October and I don’t want to scorch it. Any recommendations?

  4. Warrior Marshall on said:

    I just purchased an Orangeola Red Maple two weeks ago
    The tree and bamboo stake are about
    3 feet 9 inches. I would like to grow the
    tree to at least 6 feet tall. Do I remove the stark that
    came with the plant and
    install a longer stake or just tape a
    longer piece to the existing stake?
    Thank You.

    • Mike on said:


      Yes, that would be the process, but I have to tell you, it’s going to be a long slow process. You might be just as happy with the tree the way it is and let it grow wide. Staking it upright will only gain about 6″ per year and then you still have to let the tree grow wide from there.

  5. Ryan on said:

    I planted a orangeloa cut leaf Japanese maple about a month ago here in Ontario, it was fairly dry conditions but I continue to water it, yet to see a rain though, but yet still all the leaves have gone from red to a brown and falling off…..puzzled what to do!

    • Mike on said:


      In only a month? I’m guessing it either dried out at some point or possibly too wet from the watering. Make sure the tree is not planted too deep. The root ball should actually be about an inch above grade with soil mounded over that. Also fertilizer. It needs no fertilizer. If you fertilized it that cold be the problem.

  6. B Flora on said:

    I have an Acer Orangeola that is doing really good & it now has ‘Seeds’ all over it. Please give me some info about the seeds…How to use them for starting new trees. Do you let them dry out OR what arr the steps to take? Any/all info is appreciated. Thank You

  7. Linda on said:

    My Orangeola branches are drooping beautifully, but they are getting so long they will soon reach the ground. What should I do with them? Prop them up? My tree is in a pot and presently the trunk is about 45″ tall. Help!

    • Mike on said:


      Just cut them. Pruning Japanese maples is essential if you want a nice full plant. That plant is likely to be much happier in the ground.

  8. Sean on said:

    I planted my orangeola last year. It gets morning sun and is shaded in the afternoon. It looked great all summer (green and red leaf mix). About a week ago I noticed the leaves are drying out. I was afraid of giving it wet feet so I haven’t watered it all summer until this past week. The shadier side still has greenish leaves but they’re drying. I scraped a little bark from a branch and it has a green tint. Do I keep watering? I’m in Chicago area Zone 5. It was a hot humid summer and the wettest July and August on record.

    • Mike on said:


      When it’s this hot and dry plants need water. Even watering once week is not going to cause problems if the soil drains as it should. All you can do now is wait until spring to see how it does then.

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