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Red Dragon Japanese Maple

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If other Japanese Maples have failed to provide the scarlet foliage you desire, then Red Dragon is your answer. Red lacy leaves are guaranteed with this coveted beauty that is not easy to find. This tree has a lovely drape to its branches and can stand a bit more sun than the average dwarf Maple. This is a must own tree that will be a jewel in the landscape. It’s hands down my favorite new Japanese Maple!

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Basic run-of-the-mill crimson trees had better watch out because there’s a new Maple on the scene, and it’s soon to be setting the standard by which all red split-leafs will be judged.

The Red Dragon Japanese Maple is a newly introduced cultivar from New Zealand, and it’s taking the gardening world by storm.

Touted for its brilliant shades of crimson and scarlet foliage throughout the seasons and its superior ability to maintain those vibrant colors when all others are fading, the Red Dragon Japanese Maple tree is one of the most gorgeous trees available on the market today.

Spring arrives with a burst of bright ruby red foliage that is vivid and showy. As summer approaches, Red Dragon’s foliage ages to a rich warm burgundy, adding an air of elegance to any outdoor living space. As autumn rolls in, Red Dragon dials up the drama with foliage that turns fiery red for a striking punch of color that rivals all other leaf-peeper favorites.

Red Dragon’s canopy of foliage takes the unique form of a slightly rounded mound of cascading arched branches with weeping fringed leaves that flutter radiantly in the breeze.

This tree is truly a sight to behold.

Maturing to heights of just 8-10 feet with a similar spread, the Red Dragon Japanese Maple is considered somewhat petite in stature by tree standards, making it an ideal choice for smaller garden spaces.

This tree carries the show as a single specimen and is also exceptional when grouped in threes for accent anywhere.

You can even keep Red Dragon in a decorative pot, clipped and shaped for the perfect addition to any deck or patio area.

Red Dragon Japanese Maple is more sun-tolerant than nearly all other Japanese Maples and is moderately drought-tolerant as well, once established.

Plant it by a pond or water feature for a striking location, or simply put one by a seating bench so you can sit by it and take in its showy beauty.

Easy to grow and absolutely gorgeous to view, the Red Dragon Japanese Maple tree is not to be missed.

They’re selling fast so don’t delay. Order your Red Dragons today.

Growing Zones: 5-8

Mature Height: 8-12 ft.
Mature Width: 8-12 ft.
Sunlight: Full - Partial
Soil Conditions: Adaptable
Drought Tolerance: Good
Botanical Name: Acer palmatum dissectum 'Red Dragon'
Does not ship to: AZ
Growing Zones 5-8
This plant is recommended for zones: 5-8
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It's Easy to Plant your Red Dragon Japanese Maple

Step 1 - Dig Your Hole

Select a site with full to partial sun and moist or well drained soil for your Red Dragon 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.

Step 2 - Place Your Plant

Next, separate the roots of your Red Dragon 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.

Step 3 - Backfill Your Hole

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 Red Dragon 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.

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WOW what a beautiful tree! It arrived very fast and in perfect condition. We keep buying trees at Fast-Grow Trees.com and each one is doing great.Thank You!
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Love the beautiful colors of this tree. The bark is red and the leaves are green, with orange, red, and yellow shades. I have it in part shade and it is doing great.
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Approximately how old is this tree upon receiving it? I would like to know what to expect, so I am not disappointed when it arrives. Is it like the one in the container on the description page?
Shane J on Jun 5, 2014
How fast feet/year does the red dragon Japanese maple grow?
Ken H on Apr 6, 2015
I live in Texas, how muh sun can it take?
L D on Feb 20, 2015
How early can i plant this? We live in Ohio and its uncertain if freezing temps are over or not. I'd like to get a Red Dragon Japanese Maple, but I don't want to order it too soon in the year if it's not ready to be planted yet.
Eric M on Mar 16, 2015
Root system. Can it be planted close to foundation?
A shopper on Jun 3, 2014
Best Answer: The Red Dragon Japanese Maple can be planted close to structures. It has a shallow root structure that's noninvasive.
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Does the red dragon japanese maple shed or drop its leaves?
DeAnne C on May 31, 2014
Best Answer: It does drop it's leaves in the fall. The tree is such a deep red, it's well worth it.
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will it do well in full oklahoma sun?
Ron M on Apr 22, 2015
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I want to order a 3-4 ft size, but the only option listed is 2-3 ft. Is the larger one available? Does it come bare root?
josephine g on Mar 26, 2015
Best Answer: Home Depot carries them in Daphne, AL. So check your local H.D.
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What size is the tree when we receive it?
A shopper on Jun 19, 2014
Best Answer: It depends on the size that you order. The 2 to 3 foot size is at least 2 feet tall and anywhere between 2 to 3 feet tall. The 3 to 4 foot size is at least 3 feet tall and between 3 to 4 feet tall.
Reply · Report · Allison BStaff on Jun 25, 2014
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how do you get another plant start from an established plant?
Judy C on Jun 9, 2014
Best Answer: Take an established branch and plant it. For in depth details and instructions refer to the link below:

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What is the warranty?Will deer bother tree?
edward P on Apr 24, 2015
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how fast how many feet/year does the red dragon japanese maple grow?
Ken H on Apr 6, 2015
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I have two Japanese maple trees on my front lawn. They have been there since I was a kid. One is extremely big and so beautiful. If I move to Orlando florida could Ihave them dug up and taken with me. ? The thought of leaving them behind just kills. 'We grew up together.
helen m on Jun 13, 2015
Best Answer: I planted the two I planted on my front lawn and they are very beautiful. The foliage is very rich red to deep burgundy. They are slow growing; I can't wait to see them grow bigger. I am in Georgia and this climate is good for them. I can understand your difficulty parting with what you have learned to enjoy. I don't know how they will do in Florida. I would say, if you feel so strongly about them take your chances and take them with. You may just be happy you did.

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Can it grow in zone 9?
Judith L on Jun 15, 2014
Best Answer: Mine is growing well in Brooklyn, NY - so zone 7b (5 to 10F). It survived the brutal winter we had. So if you are in zone 9 you should be good to grow.
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does it grow well in a container and how much sun light?
sarah h on Apr 26, 2015
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4ft tall, 4in diameter at base,32 yrs old destroy by automobile. replacement value ?
joe m on Mar 14, 2015
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