Acer palmatum dissectum Dragon’s Fire

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Acer palmatum dissectum Dragon’s Fire


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Dragon’s Fire is a slow-growing red lace leaf maple.

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Acer palmatum Dragon’s Fire is a lace leaf weeping maple with very fine leaves. Spring growth is a bright red turning to a darker red in the summer. In the fall, the color varies from yellow to orange before changing to crimson. As with all lace leaf maples only the outside leaves that reach the sun are colored – the leaves underneath are green. The reason is simple. Photosynthesis adds the colors to the leaves. This is not a large fast growing lace leaf maple. The overall umbrella shape is soft and lacy looking from spring through fall. This is a lovely maple for smaller space near a waterfall or pond and can be grown in a container.

Dragon’s Fire prefers mostly sun, but may need some protection from the hot afternoon sun in areas where summer temperatures are over 100 degrees.  For containers, you will need afternoon shade to prevent the roots from cooking in the sun. Additionally, slow glowing maples require less water than fast growing ones. When you plant a slow growing cultivar in a container please remember to not oversize the container for the size of the root ball. Please see Care and Maintenance of Japanese Maples.

Acer palmatum Dragon’s Fire is a rare and unusual lace leaf maple may reach 3′ tall and wide in 10 years. It is a slow grower and may need some pruning to enhance its overall structure.   For more information see Pruning Japanese Maples. Once established this maple is hardy to -20 degrees, USDA zone 5.

If you love Japanese Maples as much as I do, you can learn more about these amazing trees by joining the Facebook  Group – Japanese Maples and Conifers. I also recommend you join the Maple Society North American Branch both are free to join – you just have to be a Facebook member. The contributors to the groups have a wealth of experience and post many photos.

Limited availability – I have only four 1 gallon size Dragon’s Fire maples left.

Photos courtesy of Buchholz Nursery.

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1 Gallon, 2 Gallon


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