Acer palmatum Dissectum 'Crimson Queen' is perhaps one of the most stunning Japanese maples, having finely dissected red-purple leaves and an cascading mound like growth habit. It's a fairly small Japanese maple reaching around 3 metres in height making it suitable a specimen planted as a feature or as a stunning container plant. During autumn the leaves turn deep reds and purples. A hardy member of the 'Dissectum group', 'Crimson Queen' is quite tolerant of sun and makes a wonderful lawn specimen.
- Position: Dappled sun to part shade out of cold, drying winds - especially coastal winds
- Soil: all soils, but avoid waterlogged areas very dry soils will need extra watering
- Eventual Size: up to 3 metres, but can be pruned
- Habit: deciduous upright growth.
- Foliage: deciduous, dissected leaves
- Common Names: Japanese maple 'Crimson Queen'
Japanese Maples are best pruned when fully dormant (November to early February), as maples bleed sap from pruning cuts at other times, weakening the tree. However, pruning is still best kept to a minimum as the most graceful shape comes from a tree that has been allowed to develop fairly naturally. As a result, just remove badly-placed or crossing shoots to encourage a good framework of branches to form. Where you do need to reduce height and width, follow long branches back to a side branch and pruning it out at this point. This is not necessary on prostrate-growing trees because they should be allowed to spread naturally to gain the best effect.
Please refer to our: Japanese Maple Growing Guide
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