Offers spectacular shades of red foliage throughout the growing season. Its leaves emerge bright, cherry red, mature to burgundy red and turn crimson red in the fall. The leaves' textured, lacy look make them highly prized in the garden. This compact, slow-growing tree can be grown in containers or in shade and woodland gardens. Red Dragon grows better in sunny locations than other dissectum types. Acer palmatum var. dissectum 'Red Dragon'
Unique CharactersticsMissouri Botanical Garden: Acer palmatum, commonly called Japanese Maple, is a deciduous shrub or small tree that typically grows to 10-25' (infrequently to 40') tall. It is native to Japan, Korea and China. General plant form is rounded to broad-rounded, often with low branching. Each palmate green leaf (2-5" long) has 5 to 7 but less frequently 9 toothed lobes. Small reddish-purple flowers in umbels bloom in spring (April) followed by winged samaras in pairs which ripen in September-October. Fall color includes an often spectacular combination of shades of yellow, red, purple and bronze.Var. dissectum is typically a much smaller, rounded, slow-growing shrubby form (often with cascading branching) that rarely matures to more than 12' tall with a larger spread. Palmate leaves, each having 7-11 deeply incised lobes, are deeply cut to the base of the leaf. These dissected-leaf shrubs are commonly called laceleaf Japanese maple, cutleaf Japanese maple or threadleaf Japanese maple. Dissectum means deeply cut in reference to the deeply cut, feathery nature of the leaves.Genus name is the Latin name for a maple tree.Specific epithet is in reference to the palmate nature of the leaves. Each leaf has several lobes (typically 5-7) that all originate from one point looking like an open hand with outstretched fingers.'Red Dragon' is a compact, slow-growing, dissected form that typically matures over time in an upright-pendulous mound to 6-8' tall. Seven-lobed leaves are deeply cut to the leaf base. Leaves emerge bright cherry red in spring, mature to burgundy red in summer before finally changing to crimson red in fall. Leaves retain good color throughout the growing season. Leaf sub-lobes are deeply toothed. Purple leaf stalks. Dissected leaves reportedly resemble the claws of a dragon, hence the cultivar name. 'Red Dragon' grows better in sunny locations than most other dissectum types.