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Red Dragon Japanese Maple

Acer palmatum dissectum 'Red Dragon'

$59.95 (17% Off)

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-t- Root Rocket™ Fertilizer
Root Rocket™ Transplant Fertilizer

2oz. Packet

Get your new plants off to the right start by using Root Rocket™ 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 needed nutrition.

The specially formulated Horta-Sorb® will reduce transplant stress and aid in water retention.

1 packet per plant

Root Rocket Fertilizer
-t- Planting Mix
Red Dragon Japanese Maple Planting Mix

Helps your Red Dragon Japanese Maple get established in a fraction of the time, become more drought tolerant, and grow faster. 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.

Coarse Organic Compost... loosens and improves all types of soils while promoting proper pH levels. 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.

Use 1 bag of Planting Mix for each plant ordered.

Soil Contents
-t- Tree Planting Kit
Tree Planting Kit
Tree Planting Kit

Getting your tree off to the right start can more than double its growth rate. Use our planting kit so your tree is ready for explosive growth.

Your planting kit includes:

  1. Tree Stake Kit to help keep your tree stable, giving roots time to grow.

  2. Breathable Tree Guard protects against gnawing mice, rabbits, deer and mowers.

  3. 2 oz of Root Rocket™ Mycorrhizal Fungi so your tree can quickly explode with new root growth.

-t- TreeGator® Jr. Watering Bag
TreeGator® Jr.

When you’re making an investment and effort in planting new trees in your landscape, you can assure their survival and growth by using TreeGator® - a truly simple and innovative drip irrigation system in a bag.

With hot summers and droughts the norm around the USA, TreeGator® is an absolute necessity to protect your new trees and shrubs.

TreeGator® is super easy to install without any tools, and it can easily be filled up with a standard garden hose or can even be connected to a rain barrel!

It's a super time saver that takes the worry out continually remembering whether you've watered your new tree or not. Plus, all the water that goes into the drip bag is used up with no waste, so TreeGator® is environmentally friendly with regard to water use.

Tree Gator

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.



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Botanical Name:

Acer palmatum dissectum 'Red Dragon'

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Statement Plant. Pink to Plum Color

Striking Color
This Red Dragon Japanese Maple tree is one of the most gorgeous trees available on the market today. It's known for its brilliant shades of crimson and scarlet foliage throughout the seasons. 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. When autumn rolls in, Red Dragon turns fiery red for a striking punch of color that rivals all other leaf-peeper favorites.

Maturing to heights of just 8-12 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 container, clipped and shaped for a deck or patio area.

Easy to Grow
Red Dragon Japanese Maple is more sun-tolerant than most Japanese Maples and is moderately drought-tolerant as well, once established. Plant it by a pond or water feature, or simply put one by a seating bench so you can sit by it and take in its showy beauty.

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Customer Reviews

3.5 / 5.0
19 Reviews
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My Sorrow
I am only giving this a one star simply because the tree wouldn't grow in my yard. I doubt anything was wrong with the tree itself. We have areas where the soil, even when amended, is just inhospitable to anything that wants to grow in those areas. Unfortunately for me, a lover of Japanese Maples, the varieties I have tried to grow in Virginia aren't taking to the soil or being in a pot. I even brought two that were doing well in North Carolina with me last year, but they are doing poorly and just seem to be limping along.
November 11, 2018
8 months ago
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Beautiful Tree
This is my second tree. The first one didn't fair so good., however this tree arrived in perfect condition. It looked great. planted it immediately. Doing fine and shows all the qualities I expected from Fast Growing Trees. Can't wait to see how it'll look later in the year.
October 18, 2018
7 months ago
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Maybe not best to order in middle of summer
I ordered 2 of these trees. One of them was mostly uprooted from the pot during shipping and had a bit of damage to the roots. The other was fine, and I've made several orders from FGT in the past and this was the first time the packaging wasn't quite good enough.

These were also quite a bit smaller than I was expecting - very small plants. The same price for a dissectum maple at Home Depot gets you a vastly more robust tree, but you probably won't find specifically a 'Red Dragon' variety there.

I think the main issue is that I ordered and planted them in July in Northern Virginia, with several consecutive weeks of 90+ degree temperatures with very little rain or clouds. Even though they get shaded by 2pm, their leaves got extremely scorched, particularly the one with weaker roots. I put up some shade cloth to help give them a chance, and they both have a few buds and new leaves, but I fear they're going to be too weak to make it through winter. Hopefully we have a long fall, and I'll mulch and wrap them up and hope for the best.

I expect to be repurchasing them in the Spring and I'll probably put them in a pot for a year so I can bring them inside over the first winter to get a bit more growth before putting them in the ground.
August 25, 2018
7 months ago
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The tree is tiny and not growing with browning but not dry leaves despite careful care and circular protection and stands, water vitamins, etc.. It is not looking good.
August 24, 2018
Teaneck, NJ
7 months ago
Growing Zone:
We'll Have to See When It Grows Up
Arrived in good condition and on-time. Purchased the 3-4 ft model... might have made it to 3 ft if you include the root package. A bit smaller than expected.
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August 22, 2018
5 months ago
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It looks like it’s dying maybe it will be ok next year ???????????????????????????...............................
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August 11, 2018
6 months ago
Red Dragon Maple
I ordered two trees. One is doing well the other is looking pretty much like it will not make it. Overall I think the price of the trees was resaonable.
July 26, 2018
7 months ago
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It is not doing too good.i think the temperature here is too I’m going to bring it inside and see if it will live
July 19, 2018
7 months ago
Died after one season
I have multiple maple trees from other nurseries that have survived NY winters. This one was very small and unhealthy upon arrival, thin branches. Few leaves. Died within the year.
July 10, 2018
1 year ago
Time Will Tell
The buying process was great. Shipping was expedient. Ask about the trees nxt year for a fair review
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July 1, 2018
7 months ago
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Planting & Care

It's Easy to Plant & Care for Your Red Dragon Japanese Maple

Red Dragon Japanese Maple Planting Diretions

The Red Dragon (Acer palmatum dissectum ‘Red Dragon’) is a beautiful, compact Japanese maple, a great addition to any landscape large or small. Known for its lacy leaves and brilliant spring and summer color this cold hardy tree does well in many parts of the country. Cold tolerant all the way down to -10 degrees, it can also tolerate more heat than many of the other Japanese maple varieties, just give it some protection from the afternoon sun in the warmer climates. Japanese maples are slow growing trees, only gaining about a foot per year. This compact tree will reach 8-12 feet in overall height whereas a mature tree may eventually reach 12-14 feet, but can take many years. The Red Dragon leafs out in the spring with a burst of ruby red, which deepens into a burgundy red during the summer and a fiery red color as fall approaches giving you 3 seasons of color.

Planting Directions:
1) The hole should be dug slightly larger than the root system of the plant, 2-3 times the width and just as deep as the root ball.
2) To help the roots establish themselves quickly, mix the soil with an organic compost (conifer bark mulch, rhododendron or azalea planting mix or rose compost) that is recommended but not necessarily needed.
3) The root collar of the plant, the ground line on the stem where the young plant was grown, should be level with the ground surface.
4) Backfill the hole and tamp down the soil as you proceed to cut back on any air pockets from forming.
5) Water the planting site and then mulch to preserve soil moisture.

Exception: If you have clay soil, dig your hole rather shallow, so that the root system is partly above the ground. When filling the hole, the soil should be mounded up to the root collar to protect the tree from drying out. (If deep holes are dug in heavy soils such as clay, the hole acts like a large iron kettle with no drainage, causing the water to build up, drowning and killing your tree.)

Mulching: Mulching around your Japanese Maple helps to maintain a weed free area, minimizes water loss in dry conditions, and provides winter protection for the roots during cold frosts. The ideal mulch bed is a 2 inch layer of coarse bark.

Watering: The “average” amount of water supplied to most common lawn and garden plants should be adequate for your new Japanese Maple Tree. During the hot summer months, water your Japanese Maple in early morning or evening. This will help protect against a condition known as “scorching” where the leaves appear to have been burnt by the sun, a condition thought to be brought on by watering in the midday sun.

Fertilization: Japanese maples do not require large amounts of nutrients. If your other lawn and garden plants do well, your Japanese Maple should grow just fine. Any recommended fertilization should use a balanced complete fertilizer for shrubs and trees. This should be applied once a year in early spring, and if possible be applied just before the leaves appear.

Pruning: Your tree will need 2 to 3 years to become firmly established in your lawn or garden. After this period, you may begin to prune your tree if desired, although it is not required.

Planting & Care

Questions & Answers

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Why did you choose this? Store
Robert L on Dec 3, 2018
I have one of these already and it's growing well. This will be the perfect companion plant..
Mark T on Sep 1, 2018
Robert L on Dec 3, 2018
Unique in style and color. Love it!
Nile A on Oct 5, 2018
I have one of these already and it's growing well. This will be the perfect companion plant..
Mark T on Sep 1, 2018
I need small trees for my Decking. I love the look of the maple trees. so lovely.
Pasty K on Aug 22, 2018
Very pretty. How it looks in person as good as it does in the picture.
Nina J on Jul 6, 2018
We wanted something small and attractive
yvonne w on Jun 29, 2018
KIM S on Jun 25, 2018
I love the color and want a potted tree for my deck
Vanessa C on Jun 7, 2018
It's beauty.
Todd and Tracy D on Jun 4, 2018
I picked this tree because it's very pretty,but mainly because it's in memory of my husbands father who has past away.his nickname was red so I was looking for something with the name red in it.i'm very excited to get this and put it in the ground!!!
Jessica A on May 29, 2018
Pretty specimen, size I'm looking for in my garden space!
Jo S on May 29, 2018
great looking tree
Andrew B on May 27, 2018
Just got back from New Zealand and saw that this tree was from there. Plus it looks perfect!
Elizabeth S on May 24, 2018
very pretty did think free shipping???
Linda C on May 21, 2018
Coworker ordered a tree and was very happy with the tree and shipping/service.
Chip B on May 17, 2018
My Wife wanted it so badly, so I ordered it for Mothers day .She will be so excited when it arrives, Will let you know how She reacted
Benny M on May 11, 2018
had one but did not make it. unusual cold weather
Kenneth H on May 9, 2018
Perfect for my Patio area! love the color and the leaves. Had these maples before but could not bring them with us when we moved.
Ella M on Apr 27, 2018
The color will compliment the rock backdrop - we have many Japanese Maples and just love them
Sue S on Apr 25, 2018
Small area
john g on Apr 16, 2018
BARBARA H on Apr 16, 2018
Looked good
Faye Hartshorn F on Mar 14, 2018
to be included in memory garden for my wife
Terry D on Mar 4, 2018
My customer ask for
Yuyu L on Feb 17, 2018
Able to grow in the shade
Jessica A on Feb 13, 2018
My daughter has wanted this tree for years. She is finally able to purchase a home and this is a gift for her yard-to-be. It will be a wonderful house-warming gift for her.
Carole J on Jan 27, 2018
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
Unique in style and color. Love it!
Nile A on Oct 5, 2018
I need small trees for my Decking. I love the look of the maple trees. so lovely.
Pasty K on Aug 22, 2018
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.
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.
I received my tree last week and it looks like it was grafted. The trunk is green and the top is burgundy. What is the purpose of grafting the tree?
Richard on Jul 19, 2018
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.
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.
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
Are these cascading?
Ron K on May 6, 2018
BEST ANSWER: Yes with maturity they can have cascading branches.
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.
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.
Is it contorted? I’ve seen photos of other red dragon maples with contorted branches. Does this variety do that? Hello
Angie on Oct 30, 2018
BEST ANSWER: All I have seen so far are straight branching along with a straight stem or trunk
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.
The tree is grafted at the top?? I usually see them at the bottom, the trunk is green and the top is burgundy, is that normal?? Also its not stated on the website, i am curious?? Shouldn’t that detail be stated before a consumer buys it??
Aicaterine A on Jul 1, 2018
BEST ANSWER: Yes, it is normal. Mine is thriving in a large pot on my patio.

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