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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.

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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
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:
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
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:
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

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 7-10 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
Looked good
Faye Hartshorn F on Mar 14, 2018
My customer ask for
Yuyu L on Feb 17, 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
to be included in memory garden for my wife
Terry D on Mar 4, 2018
Able to grow in the shade
Jessica A on Feb 13, 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.
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
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.

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