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Red Dragon Japanese Maple

Acer palmatum var. dissectum 'Red Dragon'

Red Dragon Japanese Maple looks absolutely beautiful as focal point in large pots or in containers. You'll adore this specimen stately tree anywhere in the yard. Be sure to plant it where it can be a feature element in the landscape. Red Dragon also has great winter interest with its unique branching habit and bonsai appearance.

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Red Dragon Dwarf Japanese Maple for Sale Online

Dissected forms of Japanese maples such as Red Dragon Japanese Maple are generally grown for their attractive foliage and low-spreading shape. Perfect for use as a specimen or accent around the home or yard or patio.

Red Dragon Japanese Maple is perfect for use on the periphery of the border or rock garden. Excellent as an understory plant in a sun-dappled spot that brings color to the otherwise dark shaded areas of the woodland border. Dissected foliage and cascading form can be showcased by planting this cultivar near a pond or water garden. Because of its small size, Red Dragon Japanese Maple is perfect for use in containers.


Hardiness Zone: 5-8
Mature Height: 7 to 8 feet
Mature Width: 6 to 8 feet
Classification: Small tree
Sunlight: Part to full sun
Habit: Deciduous, densely branched
Flower Color: Insignificant
Foliage: Dark purple to red foliage
Soil Condition: Any well drained soil
Water Requirements: Water well until established
Uses: Extremely attractive when used as a focal point or a specimen planting, very slow growing
Growzone: 5-8 Red Dragon Japanese Maple Hardiness Zone

How to Care for Red Dragon Japanese Maple

Before you buy a Red Dragon Japanese Maple Plant, make sure to read about the care instructions that are required and recommended to keep this plant healthy and thriving.

How do I plant an Red Dragon Japanese Maples?

How do I plant an Red Dragon Japanese Maples?

We suggest when planting your newly purchased Red Dragon Japanese Maple plants that you dig a hole twice as wide as the root system but not deeper. The most common cause of plant death after transplanting is planting the new plant to deep. That is why we do not recommend planting in a hole any deeper than the soil line of the plant in the pot. A good rule is that you should still be able to see the soil the plant was grown in after back-filling the hole. Depending on the quality of your existing soil you may need to add a locally sourced compost or topsoil to the back-fill soil.

How do I water Red Dragon Japanese Maples?

How do I water Red Dragon Japanese Maples?

After back filling and lightly compacting the 50/50 mix of existing soil and compost give the Red Dragon Japanese Maple a good deep watering. This is not to be rushed. Most of the water you put on the plant at first will run away from the plant until the soil is soaked. A general rule of thumb is to count to 5 for every one gallon of pot size. Check the plant daily for the first week or so and then every other day there after. Water using the counting method for the first few weeks.

How do I mulch Red Dragon Japanese Maples?

How do I mulch Red Dragon Japanese Maples?

We highly recommend that you mulch your Red Dragon Japanese Maple with either a ground hardwood mulch or a ground cypress mulch depending on your local availability. Any type of mulch will do but cypress or hardwood mulch will be of a higher quality and provide better nutrition overall as they breakdown. Mulching helps to keep weeds away which will compete with your new investment for water and nutrients. A 2 to 3 inch layer of mulch is sufficient but remember to take care not to cover any part of the stem of the plant with mulch. It's better to leave a one inch gap of space between the mulch and the stem or trunk of the plant.

How do I fertilize Red Dragon Japanese Maples?

How do I fertilize Red Dragon Japanese Maples?

Feeding your plants is probably the single most forgotten part of growing healthy long lasting plants. When first planting we recommend Bio-tone by espoma. Maintaining a constant low level of fertility will keep your trees healthy throughout the year. Avoid using high Nitrogen lawn fertilizer on Japanese maples. Applying high amounts of nitrogen will cause excessively fast growth that will weaken the plant. Weak branches can lead to damage if you are located where icing during winter is a problem. Fertilizing your Japanese maple with the proper type of fertilizer should be done either in late winter while the ground is still cold, or after the last freeze in spring. I recommend using a slow or controlled release type fertilizer. Bore several holes around the tree and divide the proper amount of fertilizer recommended by the manufacturer by the number of holes. Drop the fertilizer into the holes and fill the remainder of the holes with soil. Water around the tree and now the tree is fertilized for an entire year. As the tree grows, the amount of fertilizer will need to be increased.


Additional Information

History and introduction of Red Dragon Japanese Maple:

Acer palmatum has been cultivated in Japan for centuries and in temperate areas around the world since the 1800s. The first specimen of the tree reached England in 1820. When Swedish doctor-botanist Carl Peter Thunberg traveled in Japan late in the eighteenth century, he secreted out drawings of a small tree that would eventually become synonymous with the high art of oriental gardens. He gave it the species name palmatum after the hand-like shape of its leaves, similar to the centuries-old Japanese names kaede and momiji, references to the 'hands' of frogs and babies, respectively. For centuries Japanese horticulturalists have developed cultivars from maples found in Japan and nearby Korea and China. They are a popular choice for bonsai enthusiasts and have long been a subject in art. Numerous cultivars are currently available commercially and are a popular item at garden centers and other retail stores in Europe and North America. Red-leafed cultivars are the most popular, followed by cascading green shrubs with deeply dissected leaves. Preparations from the branches and leaves are used as a treatment in traditional Chinese medicine.


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