Dwarf Japanese Maple Tree

Product Description

The Dwarf Japanese Maple Tree, Acer palmatum atropurpureum, is the perfect small tree! With beautiful burgundy purple foliage and low maintenance qualities, it can enhance any yard or landscape into a colorful oasis.

This small, deciduous tree has purplish red foliage that will emerge in early spring and eventually fades to bright reddish orange in the summer and fall months. Once winter weather hits, the dwarf maple tree will lose its leaves.

The fall foliage makes it a top contender for cottage gardens, city gardens, or Japanese gardens to add a burst of fall color when most other plants are dying back to prepare for winter.

Dwarf Japanese Maple Care

Grow the Dwarf Japanese Red Maple tree across the United States in USDA growing zones 5-9. It will perform best in full sun to partial shade, and moist, well draining soil. Be sure to have a regular watering schedule during the first year of planting to establish a strong root system. It is a drought-tolerant tree once established.

Commonly called the Red Emperor Maple, it has an upright growing habit with a slow growth rate. At full maturity, the tree will reach up to 15 feet tall and wide making it perfect for smaller gardens. The branching growth habit gives it a unique look. It is also deer resistant and attracts pollinators because of the vibrant colors.

Prune dwarf Japanese maples in late winter or early spring before bud break so you have the best view of where the branches will grow. Once the tree’s leaves flush out for spring you should not prune anymore. You can fertilize in early spring to encourage healthy growth.

Shop the Dwarf Japanese Maple for sale.

We also have this plant in full size.

Check out our Maple Tree Grow Guide for more information.

Botanical Name

Acer palmatum atropurpureum

Sunlight Full Sun / Partial Shade
Foliage Color Burgundy
Mature Height 15 ft
Mature Width 15 ft
Growing Zones 5, 6, 7, 8, 9 Growing Zones
Special Features
  • Colorful foliage
  • Small specimen tree
  • Deer resistant

Shipping Info

Once your Dwarf Japanese Maple Tree order is placed, we will ship your plant(s) within seven business days year round unless during the checkout process you request otherwise in the space provided to do so.

Perfect Plants’ shipping specialists carefully package your plants using a proven packaging method that ensures your plants arrive healthy, colorfully alive and ready to flourish. We’ve coined the term ‘upside down box test’ and we do just that; we carefully package so that regardless of the direction your box is handled, it will not harm your precious plant that’s inside.

upside down test

No shipping process is without a problem from time to time. On rare occasions some plants may experience some of the following during their transit: drooping, minor leaf-loss and/or minimal yellowing/discoloration, minor limb damage, etc. These instances are quite rare, but can happen when shipping plants in boxes.

Plants normally recover within a few weeks after planting. If a damaged box has injured your plant on the inside, please notify us within 5 days of receiving you package(s) by emailing us a photograph of the damage.

We always do our very best to ensure that your plants are packed and shipped in the safest, gentlest and most effective way possible.

Will my plants and trees look like the photographs?

Absolutely! Unlike other online nurseries, our photos are of actual plants and trees we’ve grown here, on our family operated nursery.

our story Lloyd nurseryGrowing our own plants and trees helps to ensure we ship you the best quality plants that are free of pests and diseases.

Your plants and trees may however not ship with flowers on them, like the photographs. This all depends on the time of year you buy your plant or tree. Crape Myrtle trees, for example, only bloom during the summer months, so if you purchase one during the spring or fall, they would ship without flowers. Once planted, your plants will grow and thrive giving you flowers for many years to come!

Pot Sizes

Pot sizes (commonly referred to in gallons) are shipped in the same size nursery trade pots which may vary in actual volume. Some plants may have been at the approximate pot size listed, but require excess dirt to be removed so that you will not be paying any additional shipping costs. This doesn’t happen very often though.

Shipping Fees

Our shipping charges are based on the value of your order.  Please use the chart below to see what your shipping charge will be.

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Choose a planting location that offers adequate sunlight and shade in a low traffic area. Allow proper clearance for the mature growth size. Well-drained soil is ideal. Water regularly for the first planted year to ensure adequate water is available for establishing a strong root system. Prune as necessary to remove any damaged or dead foliage and to promote a well-balanced structure.

Planting Instructions:

Dig a hole approximately twice as wide as your new plant’s root ball and deep enough so that the top of the root ball is equal with the ground level.

Loosen the root ball using a small garden spade or by hand. Breaking smaller outer roots can encourage growth into the new soil, but take care to not damage large primary roots.

Place the plant in the hole and ensure that it is situated evenly upright.  Use the excavated soil to fill in around the root ball, using your foot to pack it in firmly. Thoroughly soak with a hose as you fill in the dirt. Take great care to not leave any gaps or air spaces around the root ball as this could kill the plant.

A 2-4 inch layer of mulch is strongly recommended to help retain moisture and discourage weed growth. Apply mulch over the entire planting area but keep away from the stems or trunk by a few inches. Ensure that the plant and surrounding soil is completely soaked with water.

To ensure the proper nutrients are available for the life of your plant our proprietary Perfect Plants Special Blend Soil and a once yearly application of Nutricote Total 360 Fertilizer are great considerations for your new plants!

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  1. Thomas Cooke (verified owner)

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    The tree was in decent condition even though the box was crushed.

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    • Perfect Plants (store manager)

      Hi Thomas, thank you for your honest feedback on our Dwarf Japanese Maple tree. We are so glad it made it safe and sound. Enjoy your new tree!

  2. Sam S. (verified owner)

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    Arrived well packaged. Happy with purchase.

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    • Perfect Plants (store manager)

      Sam, thank you so much for reviewing our Dwarf Japanese Maple tree. We are so glad it arrived safe and sound. Enjoy :)

  3. May (verified owner)

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    I received the plant in perfect condition. Can’t wait for it to grow big

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    • Perfect Plants (store manager)

      Hi May, awesome to hear! Your Dwarf Japanese Maple will soon grow to a beautiful tree. We love them for their unique red foliage and branch structure. They are wonderful!

  4. Douglas (verified owner)

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    Great price, shipping, and quality packaging. I put in my Dwarf Maple about two weeks ago and it is looking good. I’ve watered it every day since and placed mulch around the base. Would definitely recommend to friends. A+

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    • Perfect Plants (store manager)

      Hi Douglas, it sounds like you are doing everything right!! We hope you enjoy your Dwarf Japanese Maple tree for many years to come :)

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