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Hefners Red Japanese Maple
Hefner's Red is a new Japanese Maple that stays red all summer in the heat and sun better than all the others. More details below!!

Hefners Red Japanese Maple

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Hefner's Red Japanese Maple
Acer palmatum  'Hefner's Red Select'

USDA Plant Hardiness Zones: 6a-9b   Find Your Zone

Note: For our customers who live and garden north of USDA Plant Hardiness Zone 6a, where this Japanese Maple variety 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

Hefner's Red is an outstanding upright Japanese Maple that stays red all summer in the heat and sun. Since 2010, the trees growing in our north-central Georgia gardens have outperformed all other red varieties for color retention in full sun during summer. This earns it a spot in every Japanese Maple lovers landscape! It can grow to 20 feet in height with a similar spread so give it plenty of room to grow.

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.

Suggested Spacing: At least 20' 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 Hefner's Red is one of the most sun tolerant. 

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 find helpful advice from our experts on how to plant and care for Japanese Maple trees.

Plant Details

USDA Plant Hardiness Zones: 6a-9b  Find Your Zone
Height at Maturity:  15-20'
Width at Maturity:  10-15'
Growth Habit / Form:  Upright
Growth Rate:  Moderate 
Foliage Color in Spring:  Burgundy-red
Foliage Color in Summer:  Dark Burgundy
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:  5.0 - 7.0 is ideal
Maintenance:  Low
Resistances:  Deer, Heat Tolerant, Insect, Disease, Sun Tolerant

Plant Long & Prosper!

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