The heights we list are after we prune your tree.
Many Nurseries advertise heights before they prune, then cut off several feet before shipping. While this reduces their shipping cost, it gives their customer a shorter tree than they bargained for. The tree will likely need an extra year to grow back the growth that was trimmed.
We prune your tree throughout its life. This process takes us longer, but gives you more branches and quicker production.
Plus, we don't include the pot or root length in our measurements. This gives you an extra 1-2 ft. in tree size.
Our larger trees are usually one to two years older than our smaller ones and will typically give you better, thicker shade the first full growing season.
Get your new plants off to the right start by using DIEHARD™ Transplant.
This soil amendment contains 16 strains of mycorrhizal fungi, biostimulants, beneficial bacteria and Horta-Sorb® water management gel.
Simply sprinkle the product into the planting hole adjacent to the root ball when planting.
The organisms will start to work right away supplying the roots with much need nutrition.
The specially formulated Horta-Sorb® will reduce transplant stress and aid in water retention.
Here’s why it rules the yard:
The Emperor’s New Growth
If you’re seeking a fast-growing Japanese Maple tree with vivid red color, look no further than the Emperor Japanese Maple. Known for its strength and vigorous growth, the Emperor is one of the hardiest Japanese Maple varieties available. With its mid-sized height ranging between 12-15 feet at maturity, the Emperor’s convenient stature makes it large enough to plant as a street tree or yard specimen, yet compact enough to suit most planting locations. What’s more, its upright growth is easy to maintain. And if that’s not enough, spring leaves will arrive a few weeks later than most other Japanese Maples. That means spring frost damage won’t be a concern with the Emperor.
When it comes to Holding Color, all others Bow to the Emperor
If you’re a glutton for bright red Japanese Maple color, the Emperor will satisfy beyond your expectations. Perhaps that’s why many enthusiast refer to it as the “Red Emperor”. In the spring, leaves will flood your tree with heavy purple hues, followed by incredible crimson reds in the fall. The foliage’s thin texture allows light to penetrate, giving the rich, red autumn leaves their brilliant color. The best part is--unlike other varieties--the Emperor maintains its gorgeous color the whole season long.
Don’t miss out on this show of color. Order your Emperor Japanese Maple today.
Select a site with full to partial sun and moist or well drained soil for your Emperor Japanese Maple.
First, dig each hole so that it is just shallower than the root ball and at least twice the width.
Then loosen the soil in the planting hole so the roots can easily break through.
Use your shovel or try dragging the points of a pitch fork along the sides and bottom of the hole.
Next, separate the roots of your Emperor Japanese Maple gently with your fingers and position them downward in the hole.
The top of the root flare, where the roots end and the trunk begins, should be about an inch above the surrounding soil.
Then make sure the plant is exactly vertical in the hole.
To make it just right, use a level.
As you backfill the hole, apply water to remove air pockets.
Remove debris like stones and grass and completely break up any dirt clumps.
Water your Emperor Japanese Maple again after the transplant is complete.
To help retain some of that moisture, it's recommended that you place mulch around each plant to a depth of 2"-3" up to but not touching the trunk. Organic mulches such as wood chips also help to better soil structure as they decompose.
Due to cold weather in some parts of the country, we have suspended shipping to the areas that are shaded on the map below. Please view the diagram to determine if your area has been affected. This includes anyone in Growing Zones 2, 3 or 4. If you are unsure of your growing zone, visit our Growing Zone Finder.
We will resume normal shipping in the Spring. Please see the table below for your approximate ship date.
If you live in a shaded area but wish to receive your product(s) now, please visit our contact us page here or call a customer service rep toll free at 888-504-2001.
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