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Acer palmatum 'Crimson Queen'

Family: Sapindaceae (sap-in-DAY-see-ee) (Info)
Genus: Acer (AY-ser) (Info)
Species: palmatum (pahl-MAY-tum) (Info)
Cultivar: Crimson Queen
Additional cultivar information: (Dissectum group)

Synonym:Acer palmatum var. dissectum

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Dissectum (very deeply divided and dissected)


8-10 ft. (2.4-3 m)

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:
Sun to Partial Shade
Light Shade

Grown for foliage

Other details:
Average Water Needs; Water regularly; do not overwater
Flowers are good for cutting

Soil pH requirements:
5.1 to 5.5 (strongly acidic)
5.6 to 6.0 (acidic)
6.1 to 6.5 (mildly acidic)

Patent Information:

Propagation Methods:
From softwood cuttings
From semi-hardwood cuttings
From hardwood cuttings
From seed; stratify if sowing indoors
From seed; direct sow after last frost
By grafting

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

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Gardeners' Notes:

Neutral Mimm On Mar 9, 2014, Mimm from Bakersfield, CA wrote:

We've just planted a Crimson Queen in almost complete shade (only early morning sun during the summer) and it's beginning to leaf out. However, the foliage is spring green, not red. Is this common? We were looking forward to the described crimson to brighten the deep shade of our entry.

Positive audsrz On Dec 22, 2010, audsrz from Traverse City, MI (Zone 5a) wrote:

My queen is on the NW corner, exposed to the Canadian squalls all winter (4b zone). I trim 1-2" of winter dieback off in the spring, and she just keeps trucking on. A beautiful addition here in the north where other cultivars can easily winter kill. In full shade mine stays red all summer.

Positive Lakeside3 On Nov 23, 2009, Lakeside3 from Jacksonville, NC wrote:

The 'Crimson Queen' Japanese Maple is very hardy planted in FULL SUN, here in zone 8b on the Crystal Coast; both trees have thrived on the S.E. side of driveway; both had suffered some scorching on leaves during the 1st summer after planted year before in the fall. Fifteen yrs later the two trees were purchased from Lowes, both were in a one gallon pot; now the two have turned into wonderful specimens; both standing three feet high and four feet wide. I have posted two photo's of each tree, one during the spring the other in the fall of 2009.

Positive spete On Oct 18, 2009, spete from Marlow, OK (Zone 7b) wrote:

Should container grown Japanese maples be brought into protection in zone 7b, southern Oklahoma? Will they freeze if I leave them out?

Positive catcollins On Jan 11, 2009, catcollins from West Friendship, MD (Zone 6b) wrote:

Our tree was 4' tall when acquired 5 years ago and has added 6" height and 24" width since then. It has full shade from noon on. It is very full and new branches cascade on their own. It is the centerpiece of a small garden off our flagstone patio. We have many very beautiful trees in our yard, but this one always makes people stop and admire it. It was one of the the most expensive, but worth every penny.

Positive marysgarden On Jun 13, 2007, marysgarden from Wetumpka, AL wrote:

I have six of these, three still in pots and three that I have planted in full shade on my wooded lot. The potted plants get part sun and have gorgeous red foliage. The plants in the shade have fully green foliage in the summer with red fall color. Still a really nice plant either way.

Positive MemphisLizzy On Apr 21, 2006, MemphisLizzy from Memphis, TN wrote:

Mine is beautiful and full. It sits under part shade of a large oak and the side of my pool house. When I have visitors, they always comment on the beautiful leaf pattern and sillouette. I acquired this tree with my house last year so I'm not sure how long it took to grow this 4 ft. size. I prune it about once a month during the summer just to keep the branches from touching the ground.

Positive Todd_Boland On Dec 21, 2004, Todd_Boland from St. John's, NL (Zone 5b) wrote:

This is a very popular Dissectum Group Japanese maple, readily available at most larger plant nurseries. The leaves emerge deep red and stay that colour all summer, turning bright scarlet in fall. It can tolerate full sun without burning. It can reach 3 m but may be significantly lower if grafted low. It will cascade with age. Excellent container plant.


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

Tuscaloosa, Alabama
Vincent, Alabama
Wetumpka, Alabama
Prescott Valley, Arizona
Bakersfield, California
Crescent City, California
Fountain Valley, California
Sacramento, California
Oxford, Connecticut
Storrs Mansfield, Connecticut
West Haven, Connecticut
Tallahassee, Florida
Conyers, Georgia
Jonesboro, Georgia
Marietta, Georgia
Crystal Lake, Illinois
Lake Forest, Illinois
Park Ridge, Illinois
Peoria, Illinois
Goshen, Indiana
Indianapolis, Indiana
Georgetown, Kentucky
Louisville, Kentucky
Monticello, Kentucky
Abita Springs, Louisiana
West Friendship, Maryland
Westminster, Maryland
Dracut, Massachusetts
Newton Highlands, Massachusetts
Traverse City, Michigan
Hattiesburg, Mississippi
Petal, Mississippi
Tupelo, Mississippi
Kansas City, Missouri
Saint Peters, Missouri
Brick, New Jersey
Castile, New York
Poughkeepsie, New York
Rochester, New York
Townsville, North Carolina
Bucyrus, Ohio
Cleveland, Ohio
Gates Mills, Ohio
Beaverton, Oregon
Dallas, Oregon
Klamath Falls, Oregon
Portland, Oregon
Salem, Oregon
New Milford, Pennsylvania
Wynnewood, Pennsylvania
Hope Valley, Rhode Island
Walhalla, South Carolina
Arlington, Tennessee
Memphis, Tennessee
Winchester, Tennessee
Coppell, Texas
Irving, Texas
Farmington, Utah
Kaysville, Utah
Linden, Virginia
Bainbridge Island, Washington
Quincy, Washington
Grafton, West Virginia
Harpers Ferry, West Virginia

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