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Acer truncatum 'Fire Dragon'

Family: Sapindaceae (sap-in-DAY-see-ee) (Info)
Genus: Acer (AY-ser) (Info)
Species: truncatum (trunk-AH-tum) (Info)
Cultivar: Fire Dragon

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15-20 ft. (4.7-6 m)
20-30 ft. (6-9 m)

20-30 ft. (6-9 m)
30-40 ft. (9-12 m)

USDA Zone 4a: to -34.4 C (-30 F)
USDA Zone 4b: to -31.6 C (-25 F)
USDA Zone 5a: to -28.8 C (-20 F)
USDA Zone 5b: to -26.1 C (-15 F)
USDA Zone 6a: to -23.3 C (-10 F)
USDA Zone 6b: to -20.5 C (-5 F)
USDA Zone 7a: to -17.7 C (0 F)
USDA Zone 7b: to -14.9 C (5 F)
USDA Zone 8a: to -12.2 C (10 F)
USDA Zone 8b: to -9.4 C (15 F)

Sun Exposure:
Full Sun
Sun to Partial Shade
Light Shade


Bloom Color:

Bloom Time:
Mid Spring

Good Fall Color

Other details:
Average Water Needs; Water regularly; do not overwater
Provides winter interest

Soil pH requirements:
5.6 to 6.0 (acidic)
6.1 to 6.5 (mildly acidic)

Patent Information:

Propagation Methods:
From woody stem cuttings
From softwood cuttings
From semi-hardwood cuttings
From seed; direct sow after last frost
By grafting

Seed Collecting:
Allow seedheads to dry on plants; remove and collect seeds


1 positive
1 neutral
No negatives

Gardeners' Notes:

Neutral coriaceous On Jan 7, 2015, coriaceous from ROSLINDALE, MA wrote:

This cultivar differs from the species in its consistent, fiery red fall color, even in the deep south. The species generally turns yellow in the fall.

As with the species, the chartreuse flowers are very showy, appearing before the leaves in mid-spring.

In other respects, too, this cultivar is like the species. It's a tough, adaptable, hardy, small maple that deserves to be much more commonly planted. A great tree for urban conditions, and one that tolerates the heat and drought of the southeastern US. Tolerates alkaline soils, it requires only good drainage. Withstands wind and ice storms.

It's single-trunked but without pruning it tends to be naturally low-branched, and grows as wide as tall.

US PP # 17367 Unlicensed propagation prohibited.

Positive glb360 On Dec 28, 2013, glb360 from Grand Prairie, TX wrote:

I love this tree. Ive planted three of them and all have done well even with the crazy extreme weather in Dallas / Fort Worth, TX. From 112 to 14 degrees and every kind of insect, I have had no problem at all including a heavy ice storm with no broken branches. They only thing I was cautioned about was to avoid standing water. Oh, and the colors? Its true. Beautiful orange and red mix.

I believe its now available outside of the DFW area but I got mine at the place where it was discovered (Metro Maples) which is just southeast of Fort Worth. You cant go wrong with putting one of these in your yard!


This plant has been said to grow in the following regions:

Fayetteville, Arkansas
Arlington, Texas
Fort Worth, Texas
Grand Prairie, Texas

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