Red Emperor is similar to the old standard – Bloodgood though not as big and more manageable. This upright red leaf maple can reach 10′ tall and 6′ wide in 10 years. The leaves are the normal palmatum size for an upright maple. Spring foliage is dark red and the red/burgundy red color holds well through the summer. Fall is bright fire-engine red. A stunning addition to any garden or landscape. Wonderfully shaped and pruned 2 and 3 gallon size Red Emperor maples are ready to buy right now!
Red Emperor can handle full sun and needs at least 5-6 hours of sun each day to keep its red leaf color in the summer. Too little sun and the leaves change to green tones, know as greening-out. For more information see Care and Maintenance of Japanese Maples. Once established this maple is hardy to -20 degrees. USDA zone 5.
The first photo shows a Red Emperor during the summer and the second is the beginning of fall color. Photos courtesy of Buchholz Nursery.