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Japanese Maple 'Fireglow'

Acer palmatum

Family: Sapindaceae (sap-in-DAY-see-ee) (Info)
Genus: Acer (AY-ser) (Info)
Species: palmatum (pahl-MAY-tum) (Info)
Cultivar: Fireglow
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Palmatum (deeply divided leaves)


8-10 ft. (2.4-3 m)

10-12 ft. (3-3.6 m)


6-8 ft. (1.8-2.4 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)

USDA Zone 9a: to -6.6 C (20 F)

USDA Zone 9b: to -3.8 C (25 F)

Sun Exposure:

Sun to Partial Shade


Grown for foliage


Provides winter interest

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)

6.6 to 7.5 (neutral)

7.6 to 7.8 (mildly alkaline)

Patent Information:


Propagation Methods:

From woody stem cuttings

From softwood cuttings

From semi-hardwood cuttings

From hardwood cuttings

By grafting

Seed Collecting:

Allow seedheads to dry on plants; remove and collect seeds

Properly cleaned, seed can be successfully stored

Foliage Color:


Bloom Characteristics:

Unknown - Tell us

Water Requirements:

Average Water Needs; Water regularly; do not overwater

Where to Grow:

Unknown - Tell us


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

Mobile, Alabama

Auburn, California

Garberville, California

Millbrae, California

Santa Cruz, California

Marietta, Georgia

Chicago, Illinois

Palmyra, Illinois

Tupelo, Mississippi

Saugerties, New York

Cleveland, Ohio

Westminster, South Carolina

Austin, Texas

Houston, Texas

Great Falls, Virginia

Portsmouth, Virginia

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Gardeners' Notes:


On Aug 17, 2014, Sueack from Andover, NJ wrote:

I have a fireglow tree that when first purchased was red, but since planting it it has remained green. Thus is our second season and it's still green. We have heavy clay soil, is there something that can be done soil wise to remedy the color??


On Jun 15, 2014, JudyRay from Mobile, AL wrote:

I purchased Fireglow as a small tree from Mountain Maples probably 10 to 12 years ago and planted it in the front of my house so the afternoon sun would shine through it. It is now
about 12 feet tall and very graceful. I am on the Gulf Coast and Fireglow holds up beautifully in our hot humid climate. I would highly recommend it to anyone in this area.


On May 15, 2012, jessileigh from Austin, TX (Zone 8b) wrote:

We have two Fireglow Japanese Maples in our Austin, TX woodland that are highly varied trees from different growers. One, planted as a memorial to our late daughter-in-law Joy, resembles Bloodgood and is a fully upright tree with burgundy foliage. The other is pruned in an open vase structure with multi-colored leaves. They both show change through the growing season though the open structured tree is far more colorful. In Autumn it becomes a kaleidoscope of shapes and a wild riot of color. The Joy tree tends to turn a fairly uniform color. Both are beautiful trees.


On Apr 13, 2011, Osmantha from Marietta, GA wrote:

Fireglow is a most beautiful tree deserving of its name. The leaves emerge in spring with a stained-glass appearance (especially when viewed from beneath), and hold their red color well through the summer, but do not darken as much as Bloodgood. The tree tolerates full sun in zone 7 without scorching. Mine was "gracefully shrubby" until it reached 7-8', after which the canopy spread out. I planted mine 10 years ago at 5-6' tall. Today, it is 9' tall and 8' wide.


On Dec 23, 2004, Todd_Boland from St. John's, NL (Zone 5b) wrote:

'Fireglow' appears very similar to the popular 'Bloodgood' however, the leaves are not as divided, are even deeper red and withstand full sun without burning. It is a bushy, more compact selection than 'Bloodgood' reaching to 4 m. Spring leaves are a bright pinkish-red. It belongs to the Palmatum Group. It was introduced by Fratelli Gilardelli Nursery, Milan, Italy.