Acer palmatum var. dissectum ‘Crimson Queen’ Japanese maples may be the most desired of all the weeping Japanese maples varieties. This tree has the perfect small weeping form that cascades beautifully over rock gardens, Koi ponds and even retaining walls.
If more of a tree form is preferred in your garden this can be achieved by very little pruning. But form is not the only aspect that makes the Crimson Queen Japanese maple popular. The top reason is its namesake boldly bright crimson colors the tree’s lacy leaves and flowing branches it maintains throughout the growing season. This maple starts out in the spring with dark green leaves trimmed in red and turns to an amazing crimson color the will stay until the fall.
The height of the Crimson Queen Japanese maple can reach 8-10 feet tall and 10-12 feet wide over the course of 15-20 years, making it a slow growing maple. This Japanese maple grows in Zones 5-8. In colder climates the Crimson Queen needs to be planted in full to part shade. In warmer climates it will need to be planted in morning sun and afternoon shade situation. To much sun can cause leaf scorch.
Japanese maples are not trees that requires a lot of maintenance. Watering is important when initially planted during the first growing season. After that watering will only be necessary during a long hot summer.
So with the grace and elegance of the Crimson Queen Japanese maple you are sure to find a place in your gardens or even in a container on your patio for such a spectacular specimen.
Actual size: 2.5′ Height x 10″ Width
Photo credit: Pacific East Nursery & Don Schmidt Nursery
*Pruning might be necessary for shipping purposes.