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Red Spider Japanese Maple

Acer palmatum 'Red Spider'

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Red Spider Japanese Maple (Acer palmatum 'Red Spider') at Snavely's Garden Corner

Red Spider Japanese Maple

Red Spider Japanese Maple

(Photo courtesy of NetPS Plant Finder)

Red Spider Japanese Maple (Acer palmatum 'Red Spider') at Snavely's Garden Corner

Red Spider Japanese Maple foliage

Red Spider Japanese Maple foliage

(Photo courtesy of NetPS Plant Finder)

Height:  10 feet

Spread:  10 feet

Sunlight:  full sun  partial shade 

Hardiness Zone:  5a

Group/Class:  Linearilobum

Description:

A stunning small accent tree which features deeply dissected foliage that emerges bright red turning bronze-red by late summer; an extremely fine textural effect, with dazzling bright red fall color, relatively open habit is graceful

Ornamental Features

Red Spider Japanese Maple has attractive dark red foliage which emerges red in spring. The small deeply cut ferny palmate leaves are highly ornamental and turn an outstanding scarlet in the fall. Neither the flowers nor the fruit are ornamentally significant.

Landscape Attributes

Red Spider Japanese Maple is an open multi-stemmed deciduous shrub with a more or less rounded form. It lends an extremely fine and delicate texture to the landscape composition which can make it a great accent feature on this basis alone.

This is a relatively low maintenance shrub, 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 Spider Japanese Maple is recommended for the following landscape applications;

  • Accent
  • Mass Planting
  • Hedges/Screening

Planting & Growing

Red Spider Japanese Maple will grow to be about 10 feet tall at maturity, with a spread of 10 feet. It tends to be a little leggy, 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 shrub 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 not particular as to soil pH, but grows best in rich 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 microclimates. This is a selected variety of a species not originally from North America.

 
 
Hardiness Zone Plant Height Minimum Sunlight
Characteristics
Accent  Massing  Screening 
Applications
Foliage Color  Fall Color  Texture  Plant Form 
Ornamental Features

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