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ACER palmatum 'Glowing Embers'

Image of Acer palmatum 'Glowing Embers'

Family

Aceraceae

Botanical Name

ACER palmatum 'Glowing Embers'

Plant Common Name

Glowing Embers Japanese Maple, Japanese Maple

General Description

The beautiful and ubiquitous Japanese maple is a small deciduous tree native to eastern Asia. The cultivar 'Glowing Embers' was selected as a random seedling by famed American plantsman Michael Dirr. 'Glowing Embers' is a vigorous grower -- quite fast growing compared to other cultivars -- and features small deeply lobed, palmate (hand-shaped), purple-stemmed leaves which turn gold and orange to rich deep red in fall. In winter, the stark gray branches will add to any garden or landscape.

More tolerant of heat, drought and sun than most Japanese maples, this cultivar excels in landscapes with organic-rich, well-drained soil with a full sun to partial shade exposure. In regions with long, hot summers, it's best to site 'Glowing Embers' with some shade, especially in the afternoon if the soil is not moist and rich. It is versatile in the landscape and may be grown as a feature plant, a modestly sized lawn or street tree, in a mixed border or in a container when young.

Characteristics

  • AHS Heat Zone

    10 - 2

  • USDA Hardiness Zone

    5 - 8

  • Sunset Zone

    A3, 2a, 2b, 3a, 3b, 4, 5, 6, 7, 8, 9, 10, 12, 14, 15, 16, 17, 18, 19, 20, 21, 22, 23, 24

  • Plant Type

    Tree

  • Sun Exposure

    Partial Sun, Partial Shade

  • Height

    25'-30' / 7.6m - 9.1m

  • Width

    25'-30' / 7.6m - 9.1m

  • Bloom Time

    Early Spring, Spring, Late Spring

  • Native To

    Eastern Asia

Growing Conditions

  • Soil pH

    Acidic, Neutral, Alkaline

  • Soil Drainage

    Average

  • Soil type

    Clay, Loam, Sand

  • Tolerances

    Drought

  • Growth Rate

    Fast

  • Water Requirements

    Average Water

  • Habit

    Oval/Rounded

  • Seasonal Interest

    Spring, Summer, Fall, Winter

Ornamental Features

  • Flower Interest

    Insignificant

  • Flower Color

    Red

  • Fruit Color

    Red, Green

  • Foliage Color (Spring)

    Green

  • Foliage Color (Summer)

    Green

  • Foliage Color (Fall)

    Yellow, Orange, Gold, Dark Red, Orange Red

  • Bark Color

    Gray

  • Fragrant Flowers

    No

  • Fragrant Fruit

    No

  • Fragrant Foliage

    No

  • Bark or Stem Fragrant

    No

  • Flower Petal Number

    Single

  • Repeat Bloomer

    No

  • Showy Fruit

    No

  • Edible Fruit

    No

  • Showy Foliage

    Yes

  • Foliage Texture

    Fine

  • Foliage Sheen

    Matte

  • Evergreen

    No

  • Showy Bark

    Yes

Special Characteristics

  • Bark Texture

    Smooth

  • Usage

    Feature Plant, Shade Trees, Street Trees, Topiary / Bonsai / Espalier

  • Sharp or Has Thorns

    No

  • Invasive

    No

  • Self-Sowing

    No