Helping You Become a More Successful Gardener
Gerald L. Klingaman
ACER palmatum 'Bonfire'
Bonfire Japanese Maple, Japanese Maple
The beautiful and ubiquitous Japanese maple is a small deciduous tree native to eastern Asia. Its dwarf cultivar 'Bonfire' (a.k.a. 'Seigai' and 'Akaji Nishiki') features small, palmate (hand-shaped) leaves that emerge bright red in spring, darken to bronze in late spring, mature to green in summmer, and finally turn brilliant orange and red in fall. The trunk is often twisted and its gray bark is attractive throughout the year. Branches are short and branchlets are softly drooping.
For most effective growth this maple prefers a semi-moist acidic soil and part shade. It works well as a feature plant for the garden, in containers, and for bonsai.
8 - 2
6 - 8
A3, 2a, 2b, 3a, 3b, 4, 5, 6, 7, 8, 9, 10, 12, 14, 15, 16, 17, 18, 19, 20, 21, 22, 23, 24
Partial Sun, Partial Shade
8'-12' / 2.4m - 3.7m
Early Spring, Spring, Late Spring, Early Summer
Eastern Asia, China, Japan, Korea
Clay, Loam, Sand
Spring, Summer, Fall, Winter
Red, Green, Orange
Red, Orange, Dark Red, Orange Red
Container, Feature Plant, Mixed Border, Topiary / Bonsai / Espalier
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