The var. dissectum atropurpureum Maple has leaves of deep red. It is a compact, slow-growing shrub of mounded, pendulous outline. It usually grows 6 to 8 feet in height. The entire plant appears as a mound of rich, purple-red, ferny foliage that fades to purple-green with time. Fall color is glorious burnt orange. The var. dissectum atropurpureum Japanese Maple is most magnificent for its twisted contorted branching pattern. It is an architectural masterpiece. These trees yield resultant seedlings of different colors and degrees of ferniness.