This is the most pendulous Japanese maple on the market today. The most unusual thing about this is that the leaves are fully palmate, light green and very attractively star shaped. Most cascading varieties have dissected leaves. If not staked, 'Ryusen' becomes a ground cover. When grown in a container it can resemble ivy cascading down past the bottom of the pot. For the landscape 'Ryusen' is generally staked up to a certain height then allowed to fall to the ground making a beautiful flowing mound. Autumn color is gold and orange. Ryusen means flowing water in Japanese.