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Fireglow Japanese Maple

Acer palmatum 'Fireglow'

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Fireglow Japanese Maple (Acer palmatum 'Fireglow') at Ashcombe Farm & Greenhouses

Acer palmatum 'Fireglow' foliage

Acer palmatum 'Fireglow' foliage

(Photo courtesy of NetPS Plant Finder)

Fireglow Japanese Maple (Acer palmatum 'Fireglow') at Ashcombe Farm & Greenhouses

Acer palmatum 'Fireglow'

Acer palmatum 'Fireglow'

(Photo courtesy of NetPS Plant Finder)

Height:  10 feet

Spread:  10 feet

Sunlight:  full sun  partial shade 

Hardiness Zone:  5a

Description:

Amazing crimson fall colour and summer foliage in rich burgundy-red; less dense canopy than other types; fairly sun tolerant; Japanese maples are the most coveted of all small landscape trees, it has almost the perfect shape, habit, and fall colors

Ornamental Features

Fireglow Japanese Maple has attractive red foliage which emerges burgundy in spring. The small lobed palmate leaves are highly ornamental and turn outstanding shades of purple, scarlet and crimson in the fall. Neither the flowers nor the fruit are ornamentally significant.

Landscape Attributes

Fireglow Japanese Maple is a multi-stemmed deciduous shrub 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 shrub, 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.

Fireglow Japanese Maple is recommended for the following landscape applications;

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

Planting & Growing

Fireglow Japanese Maple will grow to be about 10 feet tall at maturity, with a spread of 10 feet. It has a low canopy with a typical clearance of 2 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 shrub 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.

Fireglow Japanese Maple makes a fine choice for the outdoor landscape, but it is also well-suited for use 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. 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
Characteristics
Accent  Massing  Screening  Garden  Container 
Applications
Foliage Color  Fall Color  Texture  Plant Form 
Ornamental Features