Acer palmatum ‘Fireglow’

Japanese Acer, Japanese Maple

(2 customer reviews)

Acer palmatum ‘Fireglow’ is a mesmerising deciduous tree renowned for its fiery foliage and elegant form. Its deep red leaves, reminiscent of glowing embers, create a captivating display throughout the seasons. This Japanese maple’s compact size and upright growth make it an excellent choice for smaller gardens and urban landscapes.

‘Fireglow’ thrives in partial shade and well-draining soil, though it can tolerate some sunlight. In the autumn, the leaves transform to vibrant shades of crimson and orange, enhancing the landscape. Regular pruning helps maintain its graceful shape. With its striking colour palette and manageable size, ‘Fireglow’ serves as a stunning focal point, adding a touch of vibrancy and sophistication to outdoor spaces.

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Origin: Japan, Korea, China, eastern Mongolia, and southeast Russia
Genus: Acer
Species / Cultivar: palmatum 'Fireglow'
Common Name: Japanese Acer, Japanese Maple

Plant Biography

The background of Acer palmatum hybrids can be traced back to Japan, where the parent species, Acer palmatum, is native. Over centuries, Japanese gardeners and horticulturists selectively bred and cultivated various varieties of Acer palmatum to enhance specific traits, such as leaf shapes, colours, and growth habits. These efforts resulted in a rich diversity of Acer palmatum cultivars, celebrated for their exquisite and ornamental features. In the 19th and 20th centuries, these hybrids found their way to Europe and North America, captivating gardeners worldwide. Today, Acer palmatum hybrids continue to be cherished and extensively cultivated, gracing landscapes and gardens with their mesmerising foliage and adding a touch of elegance and sophistication to outdoor spaces.

Acer palmatum 'Fireglow'
Soil: Moist but Well Drained
Soil that allows water to drain at a moderate rate, without the water pooling.
Growth Rate: Slow
This plant is particularly slow to grow, even during growing season.
Water Requirement: High
Likely to require supplementary watering in warmer months, even once established.
Maintenance: A little
Easy to look after but may occasionally require some attention in order to thrive.
Situation: Part Shade to Full Shade
Can enjoy several hours of direct sunlight, but also happy in full shade.
Eventual Height: 2.5-4m
The plant's ultimate height in typical growing conditions.
Eventual Spread: 2.5-4m
The plant's ultimate spread in typical growing conditions.
Hardiness: Fully Hardy
Will survive unprotected outdoors in most areas of the UK, even in the harshest winters.
Habit: Deciduous
Sheds all its foliage annually, so for a period of the year it will be without foliage.
Care & Size Guidance

Care & Size Guidance

As Japanese Maples go, ‘Fireglow’ is relatively fast-growing and vigorous, being slightly more upright in habit and also perhaps more tolerant of ordinary garden soil. Ensure it receives partial shade and water regularly, especially in dry periods, as adequate soil moisture is essential for its vitality. While it thrives in partial shade, it can handle some sun exposure. Applying mulch aids in moisture retention and temperature regulation. Shield it from strong winds. Fertilise in spring with balanced nutrients for optimal growth.

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.

2 customer reviews for Acer palmatum ‘Fireglow’

Acer Tree arrived healthy and beautiful. Delivery speedy and on time. Very satisfied on the size of the tree too, exactly as stated.

Julie K.

Bought after it took a battering, with an assurance it would come back – sadly it never recovered.

Jane F.