Acer palmatum ‘Wolff’ also know as Emperor 1 Japanese maple is a great upright choice. This tree was developed by Dick Wolff in Pennsylvania, but was mass produced by well known Monrovia Nursery in California in 1998. A much-improved variety of the popular Bloodgood Japanese maple, the Emperor 1 is known for its beautiful, dark purple, large palmatum leaves and almost black branches which hold their beauty even in the dead of winter. Palmatum leaves are large flat leaves that look like the palm of your hand unlike the dissectum leaf, which is a smaller more cut lacy leaf.
The biggest difference in the Emperor 1 and the Bloodgood is the way the rich color of the reddish purple leaves of a Bloodgood will fade in the spring to more of a dark green color in the summer. Emperor 1 maintains its spring color all the way to fall, when it then turns to a vibrant scarlet red.
As a faster growing Japanese maple, it can reach 10-15 feet tall and 10-15 feet wide before you know it. This tree can grow in Zones 5-8. The Emperor 1 is also great option for colder climates as it is one of the latest to leaf out in the spring, so the leaves are not harmed by any late freezes.
Planting this tree in full to partial sun will allow it to be the best it can be in your yard space. Like most Japanese maples, watering when first planted is important but once established, watering would only be needed during a drought situation.
There are no known disease or insect problems. Pruning is not necessary as it is best to let it grow into its natural beauty. The Emperor 1 Japanese maple is a great choice for any garden with its brilliant red color, you cannot go wrong planting this specimen. Order one today and be the envy of the neighborhood.
Approximate size: 1.5′ Height x 4″ Width
Photo credit: Pacific East Nursery & Don Schmidt Nursery
*Pruning might be necessary for shipping purposes.