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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.
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Acer palmatum atropurpureum
- Colorful foliage
- Small specimen tree
- Deer resistant