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ACER palmatum 'Red Pygmy'

Image of Acer palmatum 'Red Pygmy'

Family

Aceraceae

Botanical Name

ACER palmatum 'Red Pygmy'

Plant Common Name

Japanese Maple, Red Pygmy Japanese Maple

General Description

Japanese maple is a small deciduous tree native to eastern Asia. The dwarf cultivar 'Red Pygmy' features palmate (hand-shaped) leaves that are divided into very long, narrow, pointed lobes. The leaves emerge deep red in spring, mature to greenish red in summer, and finally turn golden-yellow in fall. It has an upright habit resembling a vase. The gray bark is attractive throughout the year.

For most effective growth this maple prefers a semi-moist, acidic soil and sun to part shade. It works well as a feature plant for the garden, in containers, and for bonsai. Although a dwarf, over decades this plant will eventually form a small tree.

Characteristics

  • AHS Heat Zone

    8 - 2

  • USDA Hardiness Zone

    6 - 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

    Full Sun, Partial Sun, Partial Shade

  • Height

    5'-12' / 1.5m - 3.7m

  • Width

    4'-8' / 1.2m - 2.4m

  • Bloom Time

    Early Spring, Spring, Late Spring, Early Summer

  • Native To

    Eastern Asia

Growing Conditions

  • Soil pH

    Acidic, Neutral

  • Soil Drainage

    Average

  • Soil type

    Clay, Loam, Sand

  • Growth Rate

    Slow

  • Water Requirements

    Average Water

  • Habit

    Upright/Erect

  • Seasonal Interest

    Spring, Summer, Fall, Winter

Ornamental Features

  • Flower Interest

    Insignificant

  • Flower Color

    Red

  • Fruit Color

    Red, Green

  • Foliage Color (Spring)

    Purple, Dark Red

  • Foliage Color (Summer)

    Red, Green

  • Foliage Color (Fall)

    Yellow, Gold

  • 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

    Container, Feature Plant, Mixed Border, Topiary / Bonsai / Espalier

  • Sharp or Has Thorns

    No

  • Invasive

    No

  • Self-Sowing

    No