Glowing Embers Japanese Maple

Acer palmatum 'Glowing Embers'

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Glowing Embers Japanese Maple (Acer palmatum 'Glowing Embers') at Weston Nurseries

Glowing Embers Japanese Maple foliage

Glowing Embers Japanese Maple foliage

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Glowing Embers Japanese Maple (Acer palmatum 'Glowing Embers') at Weston Nurseries

Glowing Embers Japanese Maple

Glowing Embers Japanese Maple

(Photo courtesy of NetPS Plant Finder)

Height:  30 feet

Spread:  20 feet

Sunlight:  full sun  partial shade 

Hardiness Zone:  5a


An excellent shade tree where space is limited, with a full canopy of dense foliage; fall colors are a kaleidoscope of firelike colors in tones of reddish-purple orange and yellow; vigorous and hardy

Ornamental Features

Glowing Embers Japanese Maple is primarily valued in the landscape for its decidedly oval form. It has attractive green deciduous foliage. The lobed palmate leaves are highly ornamental and turn outstanding shades of yellow, orange and burgundy in the fall.

Landscape Attributes

Glowing Embers Japanese Maple is a deciduous tree with a shapely oval form. Its average texture blends into the landscape, but can be balanced by one or two finer or coarser trees or shrubs for an effective composition.

This is a relatively low maintenance tree, and should only be pruned in summer after the leaves have fully developed, as it may 'bleed' sap if pruned in late winter or early spring. It has no significant negative characteristics.

Glowing Embers Japanese Maple is recommended for the following landscape applications;

  • Accent
  • Mass Planting
  • Hedges/Screening
  • General Garden Use
  • Container Planting

Planting & Growing

Glowing Embers Japanese Maple will grow to be about 30 feet tall at maturity, with a spread of 20 feet. It has a high canopy with a typical clearance of 5 feet from the ground, and should not be planted underneath power lines. It grows at a slow rate, and under ideal conditions can be expected to live for 60 years or more.

This tree does best in full sun to partial shade. You may want to keep it away from hot, dry locations that receive direct afternoon sun or which get reflected sunlight, such as against the south side of a white wall. It prefers to grow in average to moist conditions, and shouldn't be allowed to dry out. It is not particular as to soil pH, but grows best in rich soils. It is somewhat tolerant of urban pollution, and will benefit from being planted in a relatively sheltered location. Consider applying a thick mulch around the root zone in winter to protect it in exposed locations or colder microclimates. This is a selected variety of a species not originally from North America.

Glowing Embers Japanese Maple is a fine choice for the yard, but it is also a good selection for planting in outdoor pots and containers. Because of its height, it is often used as a 'thriller' in the 'spiller-thriller-filler' container combination; plant it near the center of the pot, surrounded by smaller plants and those that spill over the edges. It is even sizeable enough that it can be grown alone in a suitable container. Note that when grown in a container, it may not perform exactly as indicated on the tag - this is to be expected. Also note that when growing plants in outdoor containers and baskets, they may require more frequent waterings than they would in the yard or garden.

Hardiness Zone Plant Height Minimum Sunlight
Accent  Massing  Screening  Garden  Container 
Foliage Color  Fall Color  Plant Form 
Ornamental Features