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Emperor I® Japanese Maple

Acer palmatum 'Wolff'

Pronunciation: AY-ser pal-MA-tum
SKU #00084
5-8

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OVERVIEW
Description A graceful form with black-red bark veiled in dark red foliage that turns a brilliant scarlet in fall. Leaves bud out later in spring, better withstanding damage from late frosts than less cold hardy varieties. Displays most intense color in full sun exposure. Ideal as a colorful specimen in smaller landscapes. Deciduous.
Light Full sun, Partial sun
Watering Keep soil consistently moist but not soggy.
Blooms Inconspicuous; prized for foliage.
Mature Size Moderate growing; reaches 15 ft. tall and wide.
DETAILS
Deciduous/Evergreen Deciduous
Special Features Attractive Bark, Dramatic Foliage Color, Easy Care, Fall Color
Growth Rate Moderate
Growth Habit Rounded
STYLE
Landscape Use Container
Design Ideas Showy and colorful, this is among the best Japanese maple for smaller city yards. Plant in front as a single accent at entries and in foundation beds. Perfectly sized for around outdoor living spaces that ask for shelter and privacy without concern for an overly large tree at maturity. Bold autumn hues provide a long range focal point, particularly against a background of dark evergreen trees. Quintessential tree for the acid garden and among conifers.
Flower Color Red
Foliage Color Red
Companion Plants Azalea (Azalea); Astilbe (Astilbe); Japanese Forest Grass (Hakonechloa); Rhododendron (Rhododendron); Camellia (Camellia)
CARE
Care Provide slightly acidic, well-drained soil; shelter from drying winds. Avoid harsh afternoon sun exposures in hot summer areas. Mulch to keep root zone cool. Water deeply, regularly during first few growing seasons to establish an extensive root system; reduce frequency once established. Apply slow-release fertilizer in early spring.
HISTORY
Lore The Japanese maple is the quintessential symbol of fall in the traditional Tea Garden, balanced by flowering cherries for spring.

This Plant's Growing Zones: 5-8

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