Young Acer palmatum var. dissectum 'Crimson Queen' (Japanese Maple) grown in a 7-gallon pot.
Close-up of the attractive purple, cut-leaved foliage of Acer palmatum var. dissectum 'Crimson Queen' (Japanese Maple).

Acer palmatum var. dissectum 'Crimson Queen' (Japanese Maple)

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Acer palmatum var. dissectum 'Crimson Queen' is a purple, cut-leaved Japanese maple cultivar popular for its attractive spring and summer purples, its showy cut-leaved foliage, and high sun tolerance. In addition, 'Crimson Queen' shows off its best colors in the fall, when direct sun causes autumn foliage that is bright crimson red. Growing to only 10 feet tall, 'Crimson Queen' makes for an excellent focal point and specimen tree in any landscape, but especially those with lots of greenery where it can contrast.

'Crimson Queen' Japanese maple prefers slightly acidic, well-draining soil, and should be protected from strong winds due to its tender branches. Although other cultivars may suffer from leaf burn in full sun, 'Crimson Queen' responds to brighter light with more vibrant burgundy purple hues; although it tolerates full sun, 'Crimson Queen' should be carefully looked after in hot, dry summers. As a bonus, this cultivar's compact size allows it to be grown as an excellent container plant.

Mature Tree Height: Small: under 15 feet
Deciduous
Sun (6+ hours) and Part Shade/Sun (4-6 hours of sun)
Soil Moisture: Medium and Well-drained
Soil Type: Acidic and Average
Bloom Time: Spring
Flower Color: Green
Foliage Color: Purple
Features: Fall Color and Winter Interest
Tolerances: Deer Tolerant and Rabbit Tolerant
Garden Type: Container, Specimen Tree, Foundation Planting, and Woodland Garden

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