Red Dragon Japanese Maple
Acer palmatum var. dissectum 'Red Dragon'
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.
|2.5 to 3 Feet Tall||$119.95|
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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.
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.