Botanical Name: Acer palmatum 'Crimson Queen'
Common Name: Crimson Queen Japanese Maple  
Plant photo of: Acer palmatum 'Crimson Queen'
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  • Anatomy

  • Culture

  • Design

Plant Type



Height Range



Flower Color



Flower Season



Leaf Color

Bronze, Purple


Bark Color



Fruit Color



Fruit Season



Half, Shade



High, Extra in Summer


Growth Rate



Soil Type

Clay, Loam


Soil Condition

Average, Rich, Well-drained


Soil pH

Acid, Neutral


Adverse Factors


Design Styles

Formal, Japanese, Water Garden, Woodland


Accenting Features

Fall Color, Silhouette, Specimen, Unusual Foliage, Unusual Shape


Seasonal Interest

Winter, Spring, Summer, Fall


Location Uses

Entry, Shrub Border, Foundation, Patio, Raised Planter


Special Uses

Small Spaces


Attracts Wildlife


Information by: Stephanie Duer
Photographer: Norman's Nursery
  • Description

  • Notes

This Japanese maple has an arching, mounded habit, eventually growing 10 feet tall and wide, though slowly. Leaves emerge in spring a deep crimson, and are dissected and lacy. Summer foliage is bronze-red; fall color is red.
As will all Japanese Maples, provide deep, rich, well composted soil. If you are amending the soil, it is best to dig in compost to the plant's eventual width, so as to provide adequate conditions for the entire, eventual root profile. Amending just the hole that the tree is planted in is akin to planting the tree in a slightly bigger pot. Plant in filtered light to full shade, avoiding any mid-day sun or reflective sun. East or north exposures are best unless thre is a very good canopy and no reflective heat. Water weekly. Do not shear.