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Bonfire Japanese Maple

Acer palmatum 'Bonfire'

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Bonfire Japanese Maple (Acer palmatum 'Bonfire') at Oakland Nurseries Inc

Acer palmatum 'Bonfire'

Acer palmatum 'Bonfire'

(Photo courtesy of NetPS Plant Finder)

Bonfire Japanese Maple (Acer palmatum 'Bonfire') at Oakland Nurseries Inc

Acer palmatum 'Bonfire'

Acer palmatum 'Bonfire'

(Photo courtesy of Bachman's Wholesale)

Height: 10 feet

Spread: 10 feet

Sunlight:  full sun  partial shade 

Hardiness Zone: 6a

Other Names: Seigai


A beautiful little accent tree for the garden or smaller home landscape; tiny leaves emerge a dazzling orange-pink in spring before fading to green in summer, only to turn fiery crimson in fall; an ideal dynamic color accent

Ornamental Features:

Bonfire Japanese Maple has attractive green foliage which emerges crimson in spring. The small lobed palm-shaped leaves are ornamentally significant and turn an outstanding crimson in the fall. It features subtle corymbs of red flowers rising above the foliage in mid spring before the leaves. The fruit is not ornamentally significant.

Landscape Attributes:

Bonfire Japanese Maple is a deciduous dwarf tree with a more or less rounded form. Its relatively fine texture sets it apart from other landscape plants with less refined foliage.

This is a relatively low maintenance dwarf 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.

Bonfire Japanese Maple is ideal for use as a garden accent or patio feature, and is recommended for the following landscape applications;

  • Accent
  • Mass Planting
  • Hedges/Screening
  • General Garden Use
  • Container Planting

Plant Characteristics:

Bonfire Japanese Maple will grow to be about 10 feet tall at maturity, with a spread of 10 feet. It has a low canopy with a typical clearance of 1 feet from the ground. It grows at a slow rate, and under ideal conditions can be expected to live for 60 years or more.

This dwarf tree does best in full sun to partial shade. It prefers to grow in average to moist conditions, and shouldn't be allowed to dry out. It is particular about its soil conditions, with a strong preference for rich, neutral 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 zones.

This is a selected variety of a species not originally from North America.

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Accent Massing Screening Garden Container
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