Japanese Maple 'Glowing Embers'

Acer palmatum

Family: Sapindaceae (sap-in-DAY-see-ee) (Info)
Genus: Acer (AY-ser) (Info)
Species: palmatum (pahl-MAY-tum) (Info)
Cultivar: Glowing Embers
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12-15 ft. (3.6-4.7 m)

15-20 ft. (4.7-6 m)


12-15 ft. (3.6-4.7 m)

15-20 ft. (4.7-6 m)


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

Light Shade


Grown for foliage


Good Fall Color

Provides winter interest

Other details:

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Soil pH requirements:

6.1 to 6.5 (mildly acidic)

6.6 to 7.5 (neutral)

Patent Information:

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Propagation Methods:

From softwood cuttings

From seed; direct sow outdoors in fall

From seed; stratify if sowing indoors

By grafting

By budding

Seed Collecting:

Allow seedheads to dry on plants; remove and collect seeds

Properly cleaned, seed can be successfully stored

Foliage Color:

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Bloom Characteristics:

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Water Requirements:

Average Water Needs; Water regularly; do not overwater

Where to Grow:

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

Atlanta, Georgia

Augusta, Georgia

Marietta, Georgia

Walhalla, South Carolina

Gardeners' Notes:


On Sep 13, 2011, hank9a from Palm Coast, FL wrote:

I planted a three foot tall Acer Palmatum "Glowing Embers' in very early spring of 2011.
Unfortunately, deer do enjoy nibbling on this plant ! But that is the least of my problems.
The plant is shaded from the hot afternoon Florida sun by my house and receives plenty of morning and early afternoon sun.
After a recent period of pretty severe drought in August , the plant experienced severe leaf burn. Virtually every leaf tip was affected. Although we'd had some very dry weather earlier in the year, I watered daily at that time and no leaf burn occurred. Because of personal problems I couldn't provide supplemental watering for two weeks during the most recent dry spell when the plant was damaged.
Obviously, this plant needs special attention during hot dry weathe... read more


On Oct 25, 2007, mattlwfowler from Walhalla, SC wrote:

This newer selection seems to tolerate heat very well in my first year of experience. Out of 40+ nearby cultivars, this variety withheld record breaking temperatures in South Carolina (3 weeks straight of 100+ degrees F) with no burning. Some dissectums were completely defoliated and even mature hardy green cultivars experienced tip burn, but this variety (even in a 3 gal can) came through completely unscathed.

On a side note I believe this is a patented cultivar, selected by Dr. Dirr of UGA for heat tolerance and vigor.