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Hefner's Red Select Japanese Maple

Acer palmatum 'Hefner's Red Select'

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

Hefner's Red Select Japanese Maple

Hefner's Red Select Japanese Maple

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

Hefner's Red Select Japanese Maple foliage

Hefner's Red Select Japanese Maple foliage

(Photo courtesy of NetPS Plant Finder)

Height:  12 feet

Spread:  10 feet

Sunlight:  full sun  partial shade 

Hardiness Zone:  5a

Description:

A superb small home landscape tree with bright red emerging foliage that matures to deep burgundy for the summer, returning to red in the fall; artistic spreading habit of growth; a fine choice for small home landscapes and shrub gardens

Ornamental Features

Hefner's Red Select Japanese Maple has attractive burgundy foliage with hints of purple which emerges scarlet in spring. The lobed palmate leaves are highly ornamental and turn an outstanding red in the fall. Neither the flowers nor the fruit are ornamentally significant. The rough gray bark and red branches add an interesting dimension to the landscape.

Landscape Attributes

Hefner's Red Select 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.

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

  • Accent
  • Mass Planting
  • General Garden Use

Planting & Growing

Hefner's Red Select Japanese Maple will grow to be about 12 feet tall at maturity, with a spread of 10 feet. It has a low canopy with a typical clearance of 1 foot from the ground, and is suitable for planting under power lines. It grows at a medium rate, and under ideal conditions can be expected to live for 80 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.

 
 
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Characteristics
Accent  Massing  Garden 
Applications
Foliage Color  Fall Color  Texture  Plant Form  Bark 
Ornamental Features