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Japanese Maple 'Cascade Gold

Acer palmatum (Palmatum Group) 'Cascade Gold'

Also known as

Acer 'Cascade Gold, Weeping Japanese Maple 'Cascade Gold'

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Partial Shade
Easy care
Moderate watering
Frost Hardy


RHS hardiness


Minimum temperature

Expected size









  • spring
  • summer
  • autumn
  • winter

This plant has no fragrance

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A close up of the cascading gold and orange tipped leaves of Acer 'Cascade Gold'
A close up of the red autumn coloured leaves of Acer 'Cascade Gold'

Japanese Maple 'Cascade Gold Overview

Acer palmatum 'Cascade Gold' is a deciduous shrub that is grafted onto a straight stem and forms a standard, weeping tree shape, whose branches have a cascading habit. It produces bright gold leaves with orange highlights which then deepen in colour before taking on bronze hues in autumn. It produces insignificant flowers in spring followed by winged fruits. Commonly known by the name Japanese Maple 'Cascade Gold' - amongst others, this variety was created by crossing the Waterfall maple 'Ryusen' with Acer 'Orange Dream' It likes a sheltered position in full sun or partial shade. Leaf colour will be more impressive when grown in a slightly shaded area, but it will tolerate full sun if soil conditions are moist enough. Otherwise, leaf scorch may occur. It prefers soil that is on the acid, rather than the alkaline side, that is moist but well-drained. So keep well watered during dry spells (and regularly water newly planted trees). Additional plant feed may be required for potted or container-grown specimens. Acers can also benefit from spring and/or winter mulching with a helping of ericaceous material such as pine needles or chopped bracken. Little to no pruning is recommended, however removing dead or unwanted branches can be done in late autumn to midwinter. A low-maintenance and architectural plant, Acer palmatum 'Cascade Gold' is a welcome addition to many garden styles, including courtyard gardens, rock gardens and Japanese style gardens. It can be grown in large containers.

Common problems with Japanese Maple 'Cascade Gold

How to propagate Japanese Maple 'Cascade Gold



Take soft wood cuttings in early summer.



Special features of Japanese Maple 'Cascade Gold

Attractive leaves

Autumn colour

Pot plant