Crimson Queen Japanese Maple

Botanical Name: Acer palmatum dissectum ‘Crimson Queen’

Alternate Name: Crimson Queen Laceleaf Japanese Maple

This beautiful Laceleaf Japanese Maple is highly sought after. The ‘Crimson Queen’ Japanese Maple has an attractive weeping form with dense, low branching. As it matures, it slowly reaches a height and width of  8-10 feet as it grows to form a wide mound. It will reach its mature size in 10-20 years.

Acer palmatum dissectum ‘Crimson Queen’ Japanese Maple is a lace-leaf maple. This means that the leaves are delicately and deeply divided. This tree provides the perfect fine-textured addition to an Asian-themed garden or woodland yard. Mix with coarser-textured trees and shrubs.

The foliage emerges a bright green in spring with purple edging and small deep pink flowers in April. The leaves mature to a rich, deep red, and they keep their color throughout the summer. Sunlight enhances its bright color. The tree then turns a bright crimson in the fall for a fabulous seasonal display. Along with the vibrant leaves, the winged samaras also develop from green to orange in September and October, arriving at a vivid bright red to enhance the colorful fall foliage.

‘Crimson Queen’ Japanese Maple can tolerate full sun in cooler regions but prefers some shade in hotter areas. Plant in dappled shade as an understory tree or on the north side of your property to protect the foliage from harsh afternoon sun.

Height: 8-10 ft.

Width: 8-10 ft.

Shape: Rounded/Dome-shaped

Flower Color: Red

Flowering Time: April

Fall Color: Crimson

Features: Spectacular fall color with foliage and samaras, graceful weeping form

Exposure: Full Sun to Part/Dappled Shade

Watering: Moderate & Regular

Soil: Consistently moist, rich, well drained

Growth Rate: Slow

USDA Zones: 5-8

Uses: City gardens, courtyards, Japanese gardens, rock gardens, near water features, containers, specimen, next to rock features

Similar Trees: Tamukeyama Japanese Maple (Acer palmatum dissectum 'Tamukeyama')

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