Acer palmatum ‘Autumn Red’

Japanese maple

As Japanese Maples go, ‘Autumn Red’ is relatively fast-growing and vigorous, being slightly more upright in habit and also perhaps more tolerant of ordinary garden soil.

The emerging leaves are bright red, darkening slightly as they age and turning back to bright scarlet again for a stunning autumn display.

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Origin: Japan
Genus: Acer
Species / Cultivar: palmatum 'Fireglow'
Common Name: Japanese maple

Plant Biography

Acer palmatum, even tough called Japanese maple, originates in most East Asia and East parts of Russia. The species comprises of thousands of named cultivars and forms.

It has been used for centuries in the Japanese gardens, and its English common name is a reflection of the first tree brought back to the UK in early 19th century.

The species epithet ‘palmatum’ is a reference to the shape of its leaves, deeply divided into 5 lobes.

Acer palmatum 'Autumn Red'
Soil: Moisture Retaining
Soil that drains at a slower rate due to higher organic matter content.
Situation: Part Shade
Enjoys several hours of direct sunlight but may enjoy dappling or shade at midday.
Eventual Height: 1.2m
The plant's ultimate height in typical growing conditions.
Eventual Spread: 1.2m
The plant's ultimate spread in typical growing conditions.
Care & Size Guidance

Care & Size Guidance

It is one of the showiest and most colourful Japanese Maples. Position Acer palmatum ‘Autumn Red’ where the evening sun can shine through the leaves and they really will glow as if on fire.

Their finely dissected leaves are a study in light and shadow and always lend a touch of class to a mixed planting. Soil needs to be evenly moist and preferably chalk-free to prevent leaf tips from scorching.

Can also be easily grown in a tub as long as watering needs are catered for.

Expert Tip

A mound forming variety it is ideal located near to a water feature where you can benefit from double the effect as it's reflection dances on the waters surface.


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