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Red Dragon Japanese Maple

Acer palmatum dissectum 'Red Dragon'

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Growing Zones: 5-8
(hardy down to -10℉)

Growing Zones 5-8
You are in Growing Zone: 6

Mature Height:

8-12 ft.

Mature Width:

8-12 ft.


Full Sun, Partial Sun


6-8 ft.

Growth Rate:


Drought Tolerance:


Botanical Name:

Acer palmatum dissectum 'Red Dragon'

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Remarkable New Eye-Popping Attraction

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.

Autumn is a great time to plant maple trees. As cooler weather approaches they will drop their leaves, and focus completely on root growth. This allows them to get an excellent head start on growth for next year.

After a long hot and humid summer here, our leaves are tired and may be showing some spotting and signs of stress. This is simply a cosmetic concern, and will not affect the overall health of the trees. The old leaves will fall soon, and the new growth in spring will be fresh and new.

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Customer Reviews

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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!
January 1, 2013
over 4 years ago
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.
January 1, 2013
over 5 years ago
too early to tell
The tree is definitely growing, but I believe this type of tree is a slow grower to begin with. It's perfectly healthy. Just make sure you follow all their instructions and watch the video provided. Why take a chance? I know it'll be a great tree.
October 6, 2015
over 2 years ago
Growing Zone:
red maple
The tree was beautiful at first, however, despite following all of the growing instructions by an experienced planter (the tree was a gift), the tree died within several weeks.
October 6, 2015
over 2 years ago
Japanese Maple
I love this little tree, It looks sturdy since planting in the spring. The size has not changed and the leaves are green. Is there a problem with the soil?
October 7, 2015
over 2 years ago
Growing Zone:
Garden patience
I was immpressed with the delivery, well packaged and protected. The plant looks healthy, the leaves a little dry, looking forward to new growth.
October 6, 2015
Zephyr cove, NV
over 2 years ago
Growing Zone:

Planting & Care

It's Easy to Plant & Care for 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.

Planting & Care

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.

Questions & Answers

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Why did you choose this? Store
liked the look
Patricia W on Dec 12, 2015
It is a beautiful tree and I am hoping it will grow in zone 9
Susan M on Dec 6, 2015
liked the look
Patricia W on Dec 12, 2015
Easy to manage.
Jonathan N on Dec 9, 2015
It is a beautiful tree and I am hoping it will grow in zone 9
Susan M on Dec 6, 2015
I think I've finally found the Japanese Maple I've been looking for
Charles B. T on Nov 29, 2015
I've always love this tree. I had one in New York and since I've moved to Florida 3 months ago I've missed it. I've gone to several places here in Florida in search of it, but no luck until now.
Philip M on Nov 11, 2015
We purchase one weeping Japanese Maple and hoping the color of this tree fulfills our expectations. Just plant our weeper today and so far all looks good..........
Jerry N on Nov 8, 2015
In memory of my daughter, who was killed.
Charles B on Nov 4, 2015
I chose this particular Japanese Maple for it's color and size. Also, I needed a plant that would do well in partial shade.
Pamela K on Nov 1, 2015
Easy to manage.
Jonathan N on Dec 9, 2015
I think I've finally found the Japanese Maple I've been looking for
Charles B. T on Nov 29, 2015
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
BEST ANSWER: I don't know how old it was, but it is the height they describe. Remember that it is an ornamental tree, and Japanese Red Dragon trees are slow growers. Follow the directions and the video, and your tree will take root just fine. Do NOT miss a step in the directions.
How fast feet/year does the red dragon Japanese maple grow?
Ken H on Apr 6, 2015
BEST ANSWER: They can grow 1-2 feet per year.
I live in Texas, how muh sun can it take?
L D on Feb 20, 2015
BEST ANSWER: IT can take much sun.....but must be watered faithfully for the 1st year.
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.
will it do well in full oklahoma sun?
Ron M on Apr 22, 2015
BEST ANSWER: The growing zones are 5-8. Click the link to look up what growing zone you are in.
how fast how many feet/year does the red dragon japanese maple grow?
Ken H on Apr 6, 2015
BEST ANSWER: They can grow 1-2 feet per year.
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.
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:
how to prune keep the tree to keep its domed shaped ?,
theresa r on Jun 1, 2017
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.

does it grow well in a container and how much sun light?
sarah h on Apr 26, 2015
BEST ANSWER: Yes you can grow it in a container. They do well in full sun or full shade
When do I prune my Japanese maple?
Laurie C on Jun 3, 2016
BEST ANSWER: If the tree has not established a vigorous root system pruning a little at the time of planting helps root development. Otherwise prune in the spring before leafing.
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.
Will these plants work in El Cajon ca.?
J K on Jun 6, 2016
BEST ANSWER: The growing zones are 5-8. Click the link to look up what growing zone you are in.
If the tree is potted, will it stunt the growth? I don't want it to grow beyond 3 or 4 feet. The tree is the red dragon Japanese maple. I am also interested in the Bloodgood Japanese maple also.
Teresa M on Aug 12, 2017

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