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Dwarf Red Pygmy Japanese Maple*

Acer palmatum 'Red Pygmy'

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Dwarf Red Pygmy Japanese Maple (Acer palmatum 'Red Pygmy') at Jim Melka Landscaping & Garden Center

Acer palmatum 'Red Pygmy'

Acer palmatum 'Red Pygmy'

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Dwarf Red Pygmy Japanese Maple (Acer palmatum 'Red Pygmy') at Jim Melka Landscaping & Garden Center

Acer palmatum 'Red Pygmy' foliage

Acer palmatum 'Red Pygmy' foliage

(Photo courtesy of NetPS Plant Finder)

Height: 6 feet

Spread: 7 feet

Sunlight:  full sun  partial shade 

Hardiness Zone: 5

Group/Class: Linearilobum


The narrow bamboo-like leaves of this choice dwarf variety are deep green with tinges of red during summer, turning yellow-gold in fall; a fine textural accent for the garden, for containers or bonsai

Ornamental Features:

Dwarf Red Pygmy Japanese Maple has attractive dark green foliage edged in red which emerges red in spring. The small deeply cut ferny palm-shaped leaves are ornamentally significant and turn an outstanding gold in the fall. Neither the flowers nor the fruit are ornamentally significant.

Landscape Attributes:

Dwarf Red Pygmy Japanese Maple is a dense deciduous dwarf tree with a more or less rounded form. It lends an extremely fine and delicate texture to the landscape composition which can make it a great accent feature on this basis alone.

This is a relatively low maintenance dwarf 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.

Dwarf Red Pygmy Japanese Maple is ideal for use as a garden accent or patio feature, and is recommended for the following landscape applications;

  • General Garden Use
  • Mass Planting
  • Container Planting
  • Rock/Alpine Gardens

Plant Characteristics:

Dwarf Red Pygmy Japanese Maple will grow to be about 6 feet tall at maturity, with a spread of 7 feet. It has a low canopy with a typical clearance of 2 feet from the ground. It grows at a slow rate, and under ideal conditions can be expected to live for 60 years or more.

This dwarf 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 particular about its soil conditions, with a strong preference for rich, neutral 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 zones.

This is a selected variety of a species not originally from North America.


* This is a "special order" plant - contact store for details

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