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Red Baron Japanese Maple

Acer palmatum 'Red Baron'

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Red Baron Japanese Maple (Acer palmatum 'Red Baron') at Weston Nurseries

Red Baron Japanese Maple flowers

Red Baron Japanese Maple flowers

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Red Baron Japanese Maple (Acer palmatum 'Red Baron') at Weston Nurseries

Red Baron Japanese Maple flowers

Red Baron Japanese Maple flowers

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Height:  20 feet

Spread:  20 feet

Sunlight:  full sun  partial shade 

Hardiness Zone:  4b

Description:

A visually pleasing variety with emerging and summer foliage that is dark purple-red, turning a bright, scarlet red in fall; an upright habit with great texture; an ideal landscape accent tree

Ornamental Features

Red Baron Japanese Maple has attractive dark red foliage which emerges red in spring. The lobed palmate leaves are highly ornamental and turn an outstanding scarlet in the fall. Neither the flowers nor the fruit are ornamentally significant. The rough gray bark adds an interesting dimension to the landscape.

Landscape Attributes

Red Baron Japanese Maple is a dense deciduous tree with a more or less rounded form. Its relatively fine texture sets it apart from other landscape plants with less refined foliage.

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.

Red Baron Japanese Maple is recommended for the following landscape applications;

  • Accent
  • Shade
  • Mass Planting

Planting & Growing

Red Baron Japanese Maple will grow to be about 20 feet tall at maturity, with a spread of 20 feet. It has a low canopy with a typical clearance of 3 feet from the ground, and is suitable for planting under 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. 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.

 
 
Hardiness Zone Plant Height Minimum Sunlight
Characteristics
Accent  Shade  Massing 
Applications
Foliage Color  Fall Color  Texture  Plant Form  Bark  Winter Value 
Ornamental Features

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