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Acer palmatum 'Red Pygmy'

Japanese Maple

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A small tree has maroon coloured, wispy, finger-like leaves throughout the summer. In autumn, the attractive foliage takes on startling shades of green, orange, yellow and red.
One of the smallest Japanese maple tree varieties, Red Pygmy will reach a height of only 2 x 1 metres in 20 years, in an attractive mound form.  As with all of the Japanese maples a sheltered spot is preferred with some protection from full sun. This Japanese Maple tree can be grown in a container, given the correct amount of water and shade.
  • Position: full sun to part shade preferred out of strong winds
  • Soil: all soils, but avoid waterlogged areas very dry soils will need extra watering
  • Eventual Size: up to 2 metres, but can be pruned
  • Habit: bushy dense habit
  • Foliage: deciduous
  • Common Names: Japanese maple 'Red Pygmy'
Plant Care

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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