Acer, Cutleaf Japanese Maple, Threadleaf Japanese Maple 'Crimson Queen'

Acer palmatum

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)

10-12 ft. (3-3.6 m)


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:

Unknown - Tell us

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

Foliage Color:


Bloom Characteristics:

Flowers are good for cutting

Water Requirements:

Average Water Needs; Water regularly; do not overwater

Where to Grow:

Unknown - Tell us


This plant is said to grow outdoors in the following regions:

Birmingham, Alabama

Tuscaloosa, Alabama

Vincent, Alabama

Wetumpka, Alabama

Prescott Valley, Arizona

Bakersfield, California

Crescent City, California

Fountain Valley, California

Los Angeles, California

Sacramento, California

Oxford, Connecticut

Storrs Mansfield, Connecticut

West Haven, Connecticut

Washington, District of Columbia

Pensacola, Florida

Tallahassee, Florida

Conyers, Georgia

Jonesboro, Georgia

Marietta, Georgia

Moultrie, Georgia

Crystal Lake, Illinois

Lake Forest, Illinois

Park Ridge, Illinois

Peoria, Illinois

Washington, 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

Columbus, North Carolina

Townsville, North Carolina

Bucyrus, Ohio

Cleveland, Ohio

Columbus, Ohio

Gates Mills, Ohio

Beaverton, Oregon(12 reports)

Dallas, Oregon

Klamath Falls, Oregon

Portland, Oregon(7 reports)

Redmond, Oregon

Salem, Oregon

New Milford, Pennsylvania

Wynnewood, Pennsylvania

Hope Valley, Rhode Island

Walhalla, South Carolina

Arlington, Tennessee

Memphis, Tennessee

Winchester, Tennessee

Bedford, Texas

Bryan, Texas

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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Gardeners' Notes:


On Aug 1, 2021, TXgreenjean from Bedford, TX wrote:

In Dallas Ft Worth area our Crimson Queen did beautifully in complete shade. It was planted before we moved in but did eventually die after 10 years. The roots were very shallow, so I think it may not have gotten enough deep watering in the summer and not enough water in the winter. We have 3 Japanese maples in pots and they do very well, all in the shade with dappled sunlight from matchstick blinds in late afternoon. The fall color is gorgeous. I only water them when I think about it and they are doing great. I've been told to prune the roots every 3 to 4 years.
I highly recommend Metro Maples to purchase your trees. They are knowledgeable about what grows well in our area and how to pick a tree based on your sun conditions, heat and soil. I'm in love with Japanese Maples.


On Jul 11, 2018, 2maltez from Birmingham, AL wrote:

My Crimson Queen was planted 20 years ago and is truly The Queen of my garden. Everyone comments on it. One landscape architect jokingly threatened to steal it. Good luck. The color sometimes fades a bit by mid-summer, but it has never had burned leaves at all. It gets some sun and the rest is very high shade. If I could attach two photos, they would show its huge size, as well as color now and in November.


On Jul 11, 2018, vbinsc from Beaufort, SC wrote:

I inherited this small (5' ht.) tree when I moved to Beaufort, SC in 2015 (zone 8b). It had a shady spot, but the leaves crisped in August. After Hurricane Matthew (2016) it is in full sun and is frying by July. Will need to move it.

That said it is beautiful in spring. I won a Flower Show Arboreal Award with a branch in April 2017! Have yet to see the fall color as it is defoliated by September. I have a green Japanese maple that is thriving in sun just a few feet away. I think the red just burns more easily.


On Jul 17, 2016, Rests from Bryan, TX wrote:

Paid a ton of money for one of these at the local Lowe's. It was beautiful when I bought it. It barely made it for a year then died. It hates the Texas heat. I would not grow it south of Dallas. A lot of money wasted.


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.


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.


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.


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?


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.


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.


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.


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.