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Red Dragon Japanese Maple

Red Dragon Japanese Maple Works great in containers

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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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Red Dragon Japanese Maple

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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.

2-3 ft.
5 left in stock
Ships this Mon, Feb 2
List: $ 139.90
Sale: $ 69.95
6 at $ 66.45 each
Red Dragon Japanese Maple
Planting Kit
Planting Kit Japanese Maple Trees Planting Kit

Getting your tree off to the right start can more than double its growth rate. Your tree arrives pre-pruned... ready for explosive growth.

Your planting kit includes:
  1. 2 oz of Mycorrhizal Fungi so your tree can quickly explode with new root growth.

  2. Breathable Tree Guard protects against gnawing mice, rabbits, deer and mowers.
Fungi Tree Guard
Mycorrhizal Fungi 24" Tree Guard
$ 19.90
Sale: $ 9.95
Planting Mix for Japanese Maple Trees
Planting Mix

Helps your Red Dragon Japanese Maple get established in a fraction of the time, become more drought tolerant, and grow faster. Specially developed for plants that need a low pH. Here's how:

Beneficial Bacteria... It's like a Probiotic for your tree... creating an explosion of fine hair roots that vastly improves nutrient and water uptake.

Course Organic Compost... loosens and improves all types of soils while promoting proper pH levels for acid loving plants. You get better drainage and moisture retention.

Microbial Fertilizers... including Sea Kelp, Yucca, and 100 other elements proven to gently feed your tree without burning the roots.

Soil Contents
$ 13.98
Sale: $ 6.99
Red Dragon Japanese Maple
Transplant Fertilizer
DIEHARD™ Transplant - 2oz. Packet

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.

1 oz. Per Gallon Size Container
1 oz. Per Ft. High Bare Root Plant

DIEHARD Transplant
$ 11.90
Sale: $ 5.95

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 generally recommended for zones: 5-8
(blue area above)

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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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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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December 31, 2012
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WOW what a beautiful tree! It arrived very fast and in perfect condition. We keep buying trees at Fast-Grow and each one is doing great.Thank You!
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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
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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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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 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.
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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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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, 4, 5, or 6. 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.

  Zone Shipping Resumes
  Zone 2 May 1st
  Zone 3 May 1st
  Zone 4 May 1st
  Zone 5 April 13th
  Zone 6 March 30th
How do I Request a Different Ship Date?

Call us at 888-504-2001, email us or enter your requested ship date in our shopping cart next to the billing information section. 

Additional Info for Those Who Love to Read:

Orders are occasionally delayed if we see really bad weather approaching, or if we encounter unusual circumstances. A small number of our plants show a specific release date. If you purchase one of these and would like your other items sooner, just let us know. 
Amount of Order Shipping Charge
Less than $15 $11.95
$15.00-$23.99 $12.95
$24.00-$39.99 $16.95
$40.00-$79.99 $19.95
$80.00-$98.99 $24.95
$99+ ~32%

Will my Trees and Shrubs Look Like the Photographs?

Most trees and plants on the website are pictured in their mature form. Depending on the product and growth rate, mature development can take years for your plant to resemble the photos.

Picture the last time you took a walk in the woods. The young trees were not miniature bonsai versions of mature trees. Instead they were naturally thin and lanky. Young trees are programmed to race toward the light, before the competing vegetation crowds them out. Once established at 10 feet or more, they start developing a wide canopy and shedding lower limbs.

Potted Tree Dormant Tree Bare Root Tree
Late spring to early fall
trees are shipped potted
Some dormant trees
prefer to be potted
Most dormant trees shipped in the
late fall through spring arrive bare root

Bare Root trees are shipped without dirt or any green foliage showing. Some customers who have never planted bare root before, think that they received a "dead stick" with roots. These dormant trees are basically sleeping over the winter as most trees do. Because of their hibernation-like stage, this is a great way to transplant these trees. Since a bare root tree lacks foliage, they need very little moisture.

Most Trees and Shrubs are Pruned Before Shipping... at No Cost to You

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Pruning makes plants appear to be less-full than the ones you may have seen at your local big box garden center. A retailer's goal is to have plants look their best while sitting in the store. Our goal is to have them look the best after you plant them.

Pruned trees and shrubs not only travel better, but become established much quicker. So rather than supporting extra foliage, they put their energy into sending out deep roots. Once that happens, your plants become hardier and quickly explode with new top growth. Above the ground, pruning helps your plants develop a more attractive form.