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Crimson Prince Japanese Maple

Acer palmatum 'Crimson Prince'

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Crimson Prince Japanese Maple (Acer palmatum 'Crimson Prince') at Connon Nurseries

Crimson Prince Japanese Maple foliage

Crimson Prince Japanese Maple foliage

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Crimson Prince Japanese Maple (Acer palmatum 'Crimson Prince') at Connon Nurseries

Crimson Prince Japanese Maple

Crimson Prince Japanese Maple

(Photo courtesy of NetPS Plant Finder)

Height:  20 feet

Spread:  15 feet

Sunlight:  full sun  partial shade 

Hardiness Zone:  6a

Description:

An improved selection of the popular Bloodgood maple with richer red foliage that is more resistant to heat scorch so it tends to perform better in hot sun; dazzling fall color; a medium-sized accent tree for the smaller home landscape

Ornamental Features

Crimson Prince Japanese Maple is primarily valued in the landscape for its ornamental upright and spreading habit of growth. It features subtle corymbs of red flowers rising above the foliage in mid spring before the leaves. It has attractive red deciduous foliage. The small lobed palmate leaves are highly ornamental and turn an outstanding crimson in the fall. The rough gray bark and red branches add an interesting dimension to the landscape.

Landscape Attributes

Crimson Prince Japanese Maple is a dense deciduous tree with an upright spreading habit of growth. Its relatively fine texture sets it apart from other landscape plants with less refined foliage.

This is a relatively low maintenance tree, and should only be pruned in summer after the leaves have fully developed, as it may 'bleed' sap if pruned in late winter or early spring. It has no significant negative characteristics.

Crimson Prince Japanese Maple is recommended for the following landscape applications;

  • Accent
  • Shade

Planting & Growing

Crimson Prince Japanese Maple will grow to be about 20 feet tall at maturity, with a spread of 15 feet. It has a low canopy with a typical clearance of 3 feet from the ground, and is suitable for planting under power lines. It grows at a medium rate, and under ideal conditions can be expected to live for 60 years or more.

This tree does best in full sun to partial shade. You may want to keep it away from hot, dry locations that receive direct afternoon sun or which get reflected sunlight, such as against the south side of a white wall. It prefers to grow in average to moist conditions, and shouldn't be allowed to dry out. It is not particular as to soil pH, but grows best in rich soils. It is somewhat tolerant of urban pollution, and will benefit from being planted in a relatively sheltered location. Consider applying a thick mulch around the root zone in winter to protect it in exposed locations or colder microclimates. This is a selected variety of a species not originally from North America.

 
 
Hardiness Zone Plant Height Minimum Sunlight
Characteristics
Accent  Shade 
Applications
Flowers  Fruit  Foliage Color  Fall Color  Texture  Plant Form  Bark 
Ornamental Features