Shantung Maple, Purpleblow Maple 'Fire Dragon'

Acer truncatum

Family: Sapindaceae (sap-in-DAY-see-ee) (Info)
Genus: Acer (AY-ser) (Info)
Species: truncatum (trunk-AH-tum) (Info)
Cultivar: Fire Dragon
Additional cultivar information:(PP17367)
Hybridized by Johansson
Registered or introduced: 2005



Foliage Color:

Unknown - Tell us

Bloom Characteristics:

Unknown - Tell us

Water Requirements:

Average Water Needs; Water regularly; do not overwater

Where to Grow:

Unknown - Tell us


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

Provides winter interest

Other details:

Unknown - Tell us

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


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

Fayetteville, Arkansas

Arlington, Texas

Fort Worth, Texas

Grand Prairie, Texas

Gardeners' Notes:


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.

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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!