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Red Dragon Dwarf Japanese Maple
'Red Dragon' is an outstanding, sun-tolerant, dwarf Japanese Maple with a mounding form and weeping branches covered in lacey, ribbon-like deep purplish- red leaves. Get all the details below!

Red Dragon Dwarf Japanese Maple

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Red Dragon Japanese Maple
Acer palmatum var. dissectum  'Red Dragon'

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

One of our all-time favorites of lace leafs, 'Red Dragon' is a sun-tolerant dwarf Japanese Maple with a mounding form and weeping branches covered in lacy, ribbon-like leaves. The leaves emerge a deep purple in spring, gradually turn to purplish-red in summer, and finally to a stunning, crimson-red in fall. The leaves hold their rich color better in sun than any other lace leaf variety we've grown. Growing slowly to about 4-5 feet tall and wide, Red Dragon is ideal for smaller garden spaces and containers. 




Landscape & Garden Uses

To showcase its magnificence and beauty, the Red Dragon 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 said, Japanese Maples are often used to accentuate entryways by planting one on both sides of an entrance, or spaced widely in small clusters of three. Crimson Queen is an ideal selection for landscape beds or in containers. 

Suggested Spacing:  8' or more for space between plants

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. Click on the link below under Helpful Articles for Japanese Maple container planting instructions. 

Note:  One Japanese Maple can make a landscape...that is, if you don't overcrowd it with other trees and plants. Therefore, when choosing companions to plant under or around your Japanese Maple, make sure to select low-growing shrubs or groundcovers 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, there are many sun-tolerant Japanese Maple varieties, of which Red Dragon 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.



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Plant Details

USDA Plant Hardiness Zones: 5a-8b  Find Your Zone
Plant Type:  Deciduous Shrub or Tree
Height at Maturity:  4-5'
Width at Maturity:  4-6'
Growth Habit / Form:  Mounding, Weeping
Growth Rate:  Slow 
Foliage Color in Spring:  Purple-red
Foliage Color in Summer:  Burgundy-red
Foliage Color in Fall:  Crimson-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 - 7.0 is ideal
Maintenance:  Low
Resistances:  Deer, Heat Tolerant, Insect, Disease, Sun Tolerant



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