Acer Palmatum Crimson Queen - Acer Dissectum Crimson Queen Japanese Maple Crimson Queen is a very desirable specimen tree, coveted for its distinctive red foliage. This Acer cultivar was originally developed in the United States, now very popular in the UK, it has been awarded the RHS Award of Garden Merit AGM a sure sign it will perform well in UK gardens.
The leaves of the Acer Palmatum Crimson Queen are its stand-out feature, both in shape and colour and this is why it is known as a dissectum variety. The leaves are composed of 7 to 9 slender lobes that are cut right down to the base, creating a delicate, lacy pattern. When they emerge in spring they are red, changing to a purplish - red throughout the summer, and finally turning a bright scarlet in the autumn, creating a stunning display. In the springtime it has small purple flowers, which produce small purple fruits by the autumn, but both flower and fruit are less noticeable than the red foliage. Acer Palmatum Dissectum Crimson Queen has a weeping habit, giving it a mound-like appearance, and this weeping shape is attractive even in winter, adding interest in the garden because of its sculptural, cascading appearance.
Acer Palmatum Crimson Queen is hardy throughout the United Kingdom, and will grow to a height and spread of 3 metres over a period of 10 to 20 years. It requires little or no pruning to maintain its weeping shape. Japanese Maple Crimson Queen will grow well in full sun or partial shade and it will thrive in moist but well-drained soil with slightly acidic or neutral ph and does best when planted in a sheltered position facing east, west or south.
Use Acer Palmatum Crimson Queen to great advantage in your landscaping plans, whether your garden is large or small. Because of its small size and visual interest, it can be container grown or as a specimen plant in a courtyard garden or in a small patio. It is also a good choice as a specimen tree for a rock garden or as a complement to a small water feature such as a pond or waterfall. It is particularly well-suited to an oriental-themed, Zen or Japanese garden. This small-scaled tree performs well in a mixed border, giving a year-round backdrop for bulbs, perennials, and annuals as well as winter interest.
In a naturalized setting, Japanese Maple Crimson Queen is often found underplanting taller trees, where it will tolerate the dappled shade. Create a mini forest by planting several as a group on a slope or next to a stream or pond. Crimson Queen works especially well, if you happen to have an acidic soil, when planted with azaleas or rhododendrons or larger Japanese Acers.
Acer Palmatum Crimson Queen is a beautiful, versatile tree which will add a bright dash of colour to your garden throughout the growing season!