Acer palmatum Dissectum 'Crimson Princess'
Japanese maple. A small, deciduous tree with feathery red leaves in spring turning bronze in summer and bright scarlet in autumn. Grows to form an elegant mushroom-shaped tree no much more than 2 metres tall, but can often be wider. Will need some shade to protect leaves from intense mid-summer sun. An excellent choice for a pot. Keep well watered until established.
- 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 2 - 2.5 metres, but can be pruned
- Habit: deciduous upright weeping growth
- Foliage: deciduous, dissected leaves
- Common Names: Japanese maple 'Crimson Princess', Cut-leaved Japanese maple 'Crimson Princess'
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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