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Red Select Japanese Maple

Acer palmatum 'Red Select'

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Red Select Japanese Maple (Acer palmatum 'Red Select') at Oakland Nurseries Inc

Acer palmatum 'Red Select'

Acer palmatum 'Red Select'

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Red Select Japanese Maple (Acer palmatum 'Red Select') at Oakland Nurseries Inc

Acer palmatum 'Red Select' foliage

Acer palmatum 'Red Select' foliage

(Photo courtesy of NetPS Plant Finder)

Height: 20 feet

Spread: 20 feet

Sunlight:  full sun  partial shade 

Hardiness Zone: 6a


Amazing fall color; beautiful dark-purple leaves in spring eventually fade to bronze-green; heat/sun tolerance; Japanese maples are the most coveted of all small landscape trees, having almost the perfect shape, habit, and fall colors

Ornamental Features:

Red Select Japanese Maple has attractive dark green foliagewith hints of burgundy which emerges red in spring. The small lobed palm-shaped leaves are ornamentally significant and turn an outstanding red in the fall. It features subtle corymbs of red flowers rising above the foliage in mid spring before the leaves. It produces red samaras from early to mid fall. The rough gray bark and red branches add an interesting dimension to the landscape.

Landscape Attributes:

Red Select Japanese Maple is a dense deciduous 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 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.

Red Select Japanese Maple is recommended for the following landscape applications;

  • Accent
  • Mass Planting
  • Shade

Plant Characteristics:

Red Select Japanese Maple will grow to be about 20 feet tall at maturity, with a spread of 20 feet. It has a low canopy with a typical clearance of 2 feet from the ground, and is suitable for planting under power lines. It grows at a slow 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. 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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