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Red Japanese Maple - Acer palmatum
Red Leaf Japanese Maple is the original red leafed Japanese Maple. More details below!

Red Japanese Maple - Acer palmatum

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Red Leaf Japanese Maple
Acer palmatum 'Red'

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 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

Red Leaf Japanese Maple is the original red leaved Japanese Maple. The deep purplish-red foliage holds its color well throughout spring turning to green with a red cast throughout summer, then intensifying in color to a flaming bright red in fall. It tolerates full sun but as with other Japanese Maples will appreciate some afternoon shade or filtered sun. It has an upright habit with a moderate growth rate to 15 to 20 feet height with a somewhat rounded, broad canopy to 15 to 20 in width.

Landscape & Garden Uses

To showcase its magnificence and beauty, 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 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 25' 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. 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 selecting 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 the Red Japanese Maple prefers to be grown in similar conditions. That said, you can find a complete listing of our sun-tolerant Japanese Maple varieties here

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:  15-20'
Width at Maturity:  15-20'
Growth Habit / Form:  Upright, Broad
Growth Rate:  Moderate 
Foliage Color in Spring:  Deep Burgundy-Red
Foliage Color in Summer:  Green with Burgundy tones
Foliage Color in Fall:  Bright Red
Light Needs:  Mostly Sun, Morning Sun with Dappled or Afternoon Shade, All Day Filtered Sun, Morning Shade with Evening Sun
Water Needs:  Average, moderately drought tolerant when established
Soil Type:  Clay, Loam, Sandy, Silty (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 Resistant, Sun Tolerant

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