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Acer palmatum 'Germaine's Gyration'

'Germaine's Gyration' is a remarkable pendulous dissectum Japanese maple that features an uncommon growth habit with twisting branches that form intricate spirals. The lateral branching of this tree selection intensifies this unique effect, making it an excellent addition to any garden. Unlike most laceleaf Japanese maples, 'Germaine's Gyration' has a larger leaf that can reach a height of 10 ft and width of 15 ft in 20 years. Its foliage starts as light green in early spring and turns into bright shades of yellow and orange during the autumn months. This cultivar, named after Germaine Iseli and also known as "Contorta," is one of the fastest-growing cascading laceleaf types and thrives in Zones 5 through 9, making it a perfect tree for those who want a true large specimen Japanese maple in their garden.

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