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Red Dragon Japanese Maple

Most Sun-Tolerant Dwarf Japanese Maple!

  • Amazing Red color from spring to fall!
  • Small tree works great in containers
  • Perfect for your patio or zen garden!
  • Add amazing color and texture to your landscape!

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Regular Price: $107.99

Now only $89.99

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The Red Dragon Japanese Maple is a stunning, dwarf maple with lacy, red foliage. Throughout the year delicate leaves change from shades of purple and red culminating in a superb cherry red in autumn.  The Red Dragon is one of the few varieties of Japanese Maple that tolerates full sun.  

The Red Dragon is a perfect accent or focal tree for water, rock or meditation gardens.  Plant in a mixed bed with Junipers for out of this world texture.  Add a few rocks and your neighbors will think you hired a professional!

This hardy Japanese Maple is extremely low maintenance and easy to grow.  With proper watering this variety rarely has issues.  This compact tree can tolerate full sun to part shade.  Keeping your soil moist, but not wet will also help protect your Red Dragon from summer heat and sun.  Plan for a mature height and spread of around 8 feet.  This variety is great for containers.  There is no need to prune.  Japanese Maples should be treasured for their natural, unique, and beautiful growth.

Whether it is your first Japanese Maple or just the latest addition to your collection, the Red Dragon is an excellent choice!

Additional Information

Shipping Restriction AZ
Grows in Zones 5, 6, 7, 8, 9
Indoor/Patio Hardiness Zones 2, 3, 4, 5, 6, 7, 8, 9, 10, 11
Sunlight Full Sun, Part Sun, Part Shade
Soil Type Acidic, Adaptable, Well-drained, Fertile
Mature Height 6-8 Feet
Mature Width 6-10 Feet
Drought Tolerance Semi
Fall Color Red
Botanical Name Acer palmatum dissectum 'Red Dragon'

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Planting & Care

How to Plant & Care for Your new Red Dragon Japanese Maple

When planting your Lace Leaf Japanese Maple be sure you have the right location and conditions for your new tree to thrive.  Spring and Fall are ideal times to plant.  However, if you avoid freezing and hot temperatures you can plant your Maple almost any time of the year.  

The Red Dragon is much more sun tolerant than other Japanese Maples.  It can grow in full sun to part shade. Japanese Maples prefer soil that is well-drained, but moist, neutral to slightly acidic, and nutrient rich.  However, Japanese Maples will adapt to a variety of soils.  Mulching will keep the roots moist and protect them from extreme temperatures.  Add a layer of 2 to 3 inches of mulch.  Do not allow the mulch to touch the trunk as this increases the chances of pests and disease.  Japanese Maples should be watered often enough to keep the soil moist.  Do not allow the the soil to dry completely or be overly saturated.  Either condition can harm a Japanese Maple.  Fertilize in early spring and when planting to give your tree a boost. Choose a slow release fertilizer.  When planting take care not to burn the roots by mixing the fertilizer into the soil before placing your tree in the hole. Lace Leaf Maples don't generally require pruning, but, if needed, prune when they are dormant to remove any dead, dying, or crowded branches, or to maintain shape.  

The best way to prevent disease and pests is by providing the appropriate care for your plants.  Proper location choice, watering, and fertilization are the keys to your success.  Scale, Mites, and Aphids are insects that can occasionally affect Japanese Maples.  You can treat these pests naturally with horticultural oil, neem oil, or insecticidal soap.  For severe infections you can use pesticides like carbaryl, also known as Sevin. Another potential pest of Japanese Maples is the Japanese Beetle. Look into parasitic nematodes and bacillus thuringiensis for effective, organic control of this pest. 

Landscaping Ideas

Landscape Ideas for your Red Dragon Japanese Maple

The Red Dragon is a perfect accent or focal tree for water, rock or meditation gardens.  Plant in a mixed bed with Junipers for out of this world texture.  Add a few rocks and your neighbors will think you hired a professional!

Planting Instructions

Step 1:

Unpack all of your plants right away! Look for the perfect location. Make sure you are planting in the correct light conditions.

Step 2:

Dig a hole twice the width of the root ball. Position your plant in the hole. Make sure the top of the root ball is slightly higher than the original grade of the bed. Also check to make sure it is straight from all sides.

Step 3:

Fill up hole with water before placing new plant in hole in order to saturate the surrounding soil.  Once the water is absorbed place your plant in the hole and water thoroughly.  

 

Planting a shrub digging the hole

Step 4:

Mix the potting soil and the soil removed from the hole. Start by backfilling soil around the root ball. Carefully pack in the soil to remove any air pockets. Water plant thoroughly again until the soil will not hold any more water. This will ensure that your new plant will be a success.

Step 5:

Fertilize around your plant with the amount recommended on the package. Our special Fertilizer contains all of the nutrients to keep your plants growing and healthy. Repeat every 3 months.

Step 6:

Finish up by mulching around your new plant.  Apply 2 - 3 inches of mulch around the plant and plant bed. Mulch will help keep the soil moist and keep weeds out.

Step 7:

Keep watered with a hose every 2-3 days for 2 weeks. This is critical for plant survival. In the third week, begin to water as needed depending on the weather. Always check by placing your finger under the mulch to see if the soil is moist.

 

Shipping

Shipping and Delivery

Most orders ship next business day.  Please allow 1-3 business day to process and pack your order for shipping.  View the Fedex shipping map below.  Please note that Fedex ships Monday-Saturday only and shipping times on the map below are not guaranteed.  West coast orders MAY be held until the following Monday to prevent additional transit time on sensitive plants.  Your plants will be carefully packaged and shipped using Fedex.   

You will receive a confirmation via email when Fedex picks up your shipment.  Delivery emails are also sent when your package arrives.  As soon as your package arrives, It is important to open your boxes and water your new plants thoroughly.

How much is shipping? Add all of your items to the cart.  At checkout, your shipping price to ship your order will be displayed.

Each plant is carefully hand selected and packaged making sure that they will arrive ready to plant!  We ship Fedex Home Delivery which will ensure you package will also be delivered on a Saturday.  

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