Maple - Japanese Red

Acer palmatum
USDA Hardiness Zones: 5-8


Regarded as one of the best Japanese Maples, the award-winning Acer palmatum is a small rounded tree of great beauty in all seasons. Reaching a maturity height and width between 15-20 ft. this Japanese Red Maple is nicely suited for residential landscapes, particularly smaller yards. Its popularity is due mostly to the leaves, which stay red for most of the summer. Leaves turn greenish red during hot weather in the southern part of its range. The trunk is muscular-looking, picturesque, grey and show nicely when lighted at night. Fall color is reddish and less striking than other Japanese Red Maple. It is a full sun or part shade lover, this plant is easily grown in moist, organically rich, slightly acidic, well-drained soils. Leaves can scorch in hot summer weather unless they are in some shade or irrigated during dry weather. More direct sun can be tolerated in the northern part of the range. Be sure drainage is maintained, and never allow water to stand around the roots. Japanese maples grow well on clay soils as long as the ground is sloped so that water does not accumulate in the soil. Mulch helps retain soil moisture and keeps roots protected. Best leaf color in partial shade, although full sun can be tolerated. Perfect as specimen plant. The Japanese Red Maple is hardy in USDA Zones 5-8.

USDA ZONES: Zone 5, Zone 6, Zone 7, Zone 8


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We are now offering $15 flat rate shipping for all tree orders! Replacement tree shipping cost will be $15 per box. We still cannot ship to some states and US territories based off the Agricultural Laws that may be in place. Please see below for all exclusions. 

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Trees: Due to strict Agricultural Laws in place, we currently cannot ship to the following states: Alaska, Arizona, California, Hawaii. We cannot ship to Puerto Rico or international.

Houseplants: Can ship to California and Arizona. 
How to Plant
STEP 1) First, decide on a planting location. Consider carefully what kind of sun, soil, and growing-space your tree or shrub will need.
STEP 2) Once you've located the perfect spot, the hole you are digging must be at least double the width and as deep as the root system you are planting.
STEP 3) Remove the plant from the pot and place the root ball in the hole. The top of the root system should be level with the ground. Before placing the tree or shrub in the hole, use your hands to gently break up the root system.
STEP 4) Once the plant is in place, backfill the hole with native soil and any leftover potting material.
STEP 5) Pack down the soil to eliminate any air pockets.
STEP 6) When finished, water thoroughly.
Care Guide

Maples prefer full sun and may need to be staked when planted. Make sure to plant in an area where there is lots of room for the tree to grow. Create a 3-4 inch layer of mulch leaving room between the mulch and the tree's trunk. Water regularly after planting. Fertilize in spring and summer, and prune in late summer or early fall.

Customer Reviews

Based on 6 reviews
Rande Allen
Japanese Red Maple

Nice trees, came alive and read for planting. They’re are planted and seems to be doing well.

Connie Dotterer
Great Quality Trees and Great Customer Service

I received 2 Japanese Red Maples from Plant Me Green and am so pleased with the quality. The packing is superb and I planted the trees within a day of receiving them and the plants didn't even show any stress. The trees were around 4 feet tall and so beautiful. I will be shopping often with Plant Me Green!

Gene Anderson
Great tree

All happy here

Nicholas Clanton

Maple - Japanese Red

Pat mims
Glorious jap. Red maple

I have a jap. Red Maple since it was 3’ tall, trimmed it when it was growing around my balcony. Beautiful sight to open your eyes to in the morning. It just needs trimming to shape and encourage filling out to reach it potential.
Best purchase I ever made. I have also grown smaller trees from the little propeller seeds off the parent tree.