Helping You Become a More Successful Gardener
James H. Schutte
ACER palmatum var. dissectum 'Red Dragon'
Dissected Japanese Maple, Red Dragon Dissected Japanese Maple
A small multi-stemmed deciduous tree native to eastern Asia, the beautiful and ubiquitous Japanese maple is a garden staple. The finely dissected, rich red-purple leaves and compact weeping habit of the cultivar 'Red Dragon' make it a year-round standout in the landscape. The leaves – which are deeper in hue than those of most other red-leaved Japanese maples – hold their color until fall, when they turn brilliant red. Inconspicuous purplish flowers in spring give rise to green, red-tinged, winged fruits. In winter, the smooth gray branches and low, mounded, fountaining habit of a mature specimen will add to any garden or landscape.
Japanese maples prefer sites with rich, well-drained soil and part sun to part shade. They fare poorly in hot, dry, or windy locations. Some self-sowing may occur. This lovely cultivar is versatile in the landscape and may be grown as a feature or container plant or in a mixed border.
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
Full Sun, Partial Sun, Partial Shade
6'-10' / 1.8m - 3.0m
6'-12' / 1.8m - 3.7m
Acidic, Neutral, Alkaline
Clay, Loam, Sand
Spring, Summer, Fall, Winter
Gray Green, Gray
Container, Feature Plant, Foundation, Mixed Border, Rock Garden / Wall, Topiary / Bonsai / Espalier
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