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Emperor Japanese Maple Tree

Emperor Japanese Maple Tree
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Regular price $39.95 Sale price
  • 1-2 ft.
  • 2-3 ft.
  • 3-4 ft.

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Product Details

Growing Zones: 5-8 outdoors

(hardy down to -10℉) 
      5-8 outdoors
   Map 5-8 outdoors
Mature Height:
12-15 ft.
Mature Width:
12-15 ft.
Best Color- Part Shade Tolerates Full Sun
Growth Rate:
Botanical Name:
Acer palmatum Wolff EMPEROR 1®
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Product Description

Months of Vibrant Foliage

Why Emperor Japanese Maple Trees?

From its brilliant crimson red color to its hardy strength, the Emperor Japanese Maple Tree lives up to its name as the leader in rich hues and easy, effortlessly growth.

Known for its strength and vigorous growth, the Emperor is one of the hardiest Japanese Maple varieties available. With its height ranging between 12 to 15 feet at maturity, the Emperor’s convenient stature makes it large enough to plant as a street tree or yard specimen yet compact enough to suit most planting locations. What’s more, its upright growth is easy to maintain.

Why is Better

For starters, you get second-to-none beauty. In the spring, leaves will flood your tree with heavy purple hues, followed by incredible crimson reds in the fall. The foliage’s thin texture allows light to penetrate, giving the rich, red autumn leaves their brilliant color.

And unlike other varieties, the Emperor maintains its gorgeous color the whole season long. But the best part is that we deliver your Emperor, well-rooted and healthy, right to your door. So, you get a head start on growth and reap the rewards of our hard work at the green thumb required.

Don’t miss out on this show of color. Order your Emperor Japanese Maple today!

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Judith M.
United States United States
Japanese Maple

I couldn't put in ground when received cause we got a lot of snow and rain. Put it in a pot about a week later. Put it outside yesterday. Concerned cause it is leaning where it was grafted. Hope it will straighten up. Too early to rate.

TEd P.
United States United States

I planted this during the dormat season, but it was in excellent shape upon delivery. I will use them again.

United States United States

This is the first time I have ever ordered shrubs. So far I am very satisfied. Arrived on time. Was nice and healthy.

Shunji S.
United States United States
Watching carefully the young maple tree now.

I bought this young maple as the replacement for 30yrs old Japanese Shidare maple in our back garden which died right after my wife died because of cancer at the end of January this year. She loved the Shidare every day. I had bought a Shidare just before I ordered this one. That Shidare from Amazon is 3ft high and looks too fragile. Therefore I am trying your Imperial maple( As the New Japanese Emperor just crowned Oct.22). Now it took about one week I received the package , therefore I really worried about the health of the plant. Fortunately it came out fine and I put a lot of water right away. However it was the middle of heatwave(Indian Summer in Calif.) The maple lost many leaves in a few days. I re-potted it to much bigger pot and watered the plant again. Now it regained spirit with the tiny sprouts after fallen leaves. I am carefully watching what would happen to him next. Thank you for asking how your beloved Maple is going. Shunji Shinoda I was born in 1930, Tokyo, Japan. In our backyard there was a Japanese garden with a beautiful scarlet maple, I remember. I hope I can see this new maple to grow like the one in my memory.

myles c.
United States United States
So far so good

Ordering was easy. Trees arrived in good shape.

Planting & Care

1. Planting: Start by selecting an area with well-drained soil and the proper sunlight for your Emperor. In hotter climates, ensure you provide your tree some afternoon shade and protection from the harsh sun. From there, dig the hole slightly larger than the root system of the plant - 2 to 3 times the width and just as deep as the root ball of the tree.

Then, place the Japanese Maple, backfill the hole and tamp down the soil as you proceed to cut back on any air pockets from forming. Water the planting site and then mulch to preserve soil moisture in the area.

2. Watering: The “average” amount of water supplied to the most common lawn and garden plants should be adequate for your new Emperor Tree. During the hot summer months, we recommend watering your Emperor Japanese Maple in the early morning or evening.

3. Fertilizing: These Maples do not require large amounts of nutrients. But 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, before the leaves appear.

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

Shipping Details

Most items ship the next business day unless otherwise noted

Estimated Shipping Time: Most orders ship immediately, however some orders may ship in 1-2 business days (we do not ship on the weekends) from date of purchase. As noted on the website, some items are seasonal, and may only ship in spring or fall. Once your order is shipped, you'll receive an email with a tracking number.

Amount of Order Shipping Charge
Less than $15 $11.95
$15.00-$23.99 $13.95
$24.00-$39.99 $16.95
$40.00-$79.99 $19.95
$80.00-$98.99 $24.95
$99.00-$118.99 $24.95

Shipping Alert:

You can still order, but due to cold weather, we have delayed shipping to the areas shaded on the map below. We want your new plant to thrive right out of the box, so we will wait on shipping your order until the weather is ideal. This includes anyone in Growing Zones 3 - 5. If you are unsure of your growing zone, visit our Growing Zone Finder.

Some plants are not available for immediate shipment, and delayed delivery is noted.

We will resume normal shipping in the Spring. Please see the table below for your approximate ship date.

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