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Fireglow Red Leaf Japanese Maple
There couldn't have been a better name for this upright Japanese Maple than 'Fireglow'. More details below!

Fireglow Red Leaf Japanese Maple

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Fireglow Japanese Maple
Acer palmatum  'Fireglow'

USDA Plant Hardiness Zones: 5a-8b  Find Your Zone

Note: For our customers who live and garden north of USDA Plant Hardiness Zone 5a, where this Japanese Maple is not reliably winter hardy, you'll be happy to know it can be grown in containers that can be brought indoors during winter and placed back outside when temperatures warm up in spring.

Special Attributes

There couldn't have been a better name for this upright Japanese Maple than 'Fireglow'. The leaves emerge more dark red than purple in spring and are thinner than other cultivars making them somewhat translucent. If sited where it can be viewed with the rising or setting sun behind the tree its leaves will glow a bright red, hence the name. If you are watching when the sun gets to the proper angle it looks like someone turned on an electrical switch and the tree was lit. Grows to about 15 feet height with an equal spread. Fall color is bright red. 

Landscape & Garden Uses

To showcase its magnificence and beauty, Fireglow Red Japanese Maple is best used in the landscape as a focal point specimen to draw attention to a specific area of the home or landscape. That being said, you can plant them in groupings of three or plant one on both sides of an entryway to accentuate the entrance.

Spacing: At least 18' for space between trees

Container culture can extend the useful range of Japanese Maples. They are extremely easy to grow in containers, a practice taken to its most extreme form in the art of bonsai. 

Note:  One Japanese Maple can make a landscape...that is if you don't overcrowd it with other trees and plants. Therefore, when selecting companions to plant under or around your Japanese Maple, make sure to select low-growing shrubs or groundcover plants that won't interfere at all with your tree.  

Cultural Preferences

Though delicate looking, Japanese Maples are actually very tough and long-lived trees. They are very easy to grow. Container culture can extend their useful range. They are extremely easy to grow in containers, a practice taken to its most extreme form in the art of bonsai.

In their natural habitat, Japanese Maples are understory trees, growing in dappled forest sunlight at the edges of woodlands. Ideally they prefer to be grown in similar conditions. That said, you can find a complete listing of our sun-tolerant Japanese Maple varieties here, of which Fireglow is one. 

Most any average garden soil will grow Japanese Maples. They prefer a moist but well-drained soil rich in organic matter. As with so many other ornamental plants and trees, constantly soggy or wet soil can be problematic. So make sure to plant your Japanese Maple in a well-drained site.

Helpful Articles

Click on a link below to get helpful advice from our experts on how to plant and care for Japanese Maple trees.

Plant Details

USDA Plant Hardiness Zones: 5a-8b  Find Your Zone
Height at Maturity:  12-15'
Width at Maturity:  10-15'
Growth Habit / Form:  Upright
Growth Rate:  Moderate 
Foliage Color in Spring:  Burgundy-red
Foliage Color in Summer:  Burgundy-red
Foliage Color in Fall:   Bright Red
Light Needs:  Full Sun or Mostly Sun, Morning Sun with Dappled or Afternoon Shade, All Day Filtered Sun, Morning Shade with Evening Sun, Mostly Shade
Water Needs:  Average, moderately drought tolerant when established
Soil Type:  Sandy, Loam & Clay (Condition heavy clay soils when planting)
Drainage:  Well drained soil is a must!
Soil pH:  6.0 - 7.5 is ideal
Maintenance:  Low
Resistances:  Deer, Heat Tolerant, Insect, Disease, Sun Tolerant

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