Red Pygmy Japanese Maple Tree
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Red Pygmy Japanese Maple Tree
Red Pygmy Japanese Maple Leaf
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Growth Facts

  • Hardiness Zone: 5-9
  • Spacing: 6-8'
  • Exposure: Sun/Part Shade
  • Deer Resistant: Yes
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Red Pygmy Japanese Maple

Acer palmatum 'Red Pygmy'

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With its feathery, fine-textured leaves, Red Pygmy Japanese Maple will bring a feeling of lightness and softness to your landscape. Planted near the entrance to your home, it will be a welcoming tree that invites a closer look; planted by your back patio, its cloudlike foliage will inspire a peaceful frame of mind while you unwind at the end of the day. Besides its fluffy texture, this enchanting little ornamental tree also offers a marvelous show of changing colors though the seasons. Like a mood ring, its leaves shift from red in spring to green with red highlights in summer to gold in fall. Truly a treasure.

Growth Facts

  • Hardiness Zone: 5-9
  • Spacing: 6-8'
  • Exposure: Sun/Part Shade
  • Deer Resistant: Yes
  • Show more ›

Recommended by Our Growers

The Story

Red Pygmy belongs to a category of Japanese Maples known as the “Linearlilobum” group, in reference to the leaves’ long, linear, ribbon-like lobes. The foliage of the trees in this group is often compared to that of bamboo. Red Pygmy is a Japanese tree discovered in an Italian garden by a Dutch nurseryman! C. Esveld Nursery of the Netherlands introduced it in 1969. Now in its sixth generation of management, this family nursery has been going strong for over 150 years. Japanese Maples remain one of their biggest passions.

The Details

Don’t panic if your Red Pygmy Japanese Maple has some leaves that are different from the super-skinny leaves it is famous for. This is normal. On some Japanese Maples, the new growth tends to produce wider-lobed or “juvenile” foliage. Once the branch is two or three years old, its leaves will assume the proper (“adult”) form. Different leaves coming from the base of the tree, however, should be pruned off.

How to Grow

This petite, slow-growing tree fits into any garden no matter how small, and caring for it is a breeze. Give Red Pygmy a site in full sun or light shade. As with most Japanese Maples, a location that offers morning sun while providing some relief in the form of shade during the hottest hours of the afternoon gives the best results. Little pruning is necessary and pests and diseases rarely attack this normally trouble-free, low-maintenance tree. One disease that can strike Japanese Maples is verticillium wilt. This often fatal disease is best prevented by proper watering and feeding, which will empower your tree to use its own natural defenses to ward off such problems.

More Info

Cold Tolerance/Hardiness Zone 5
Heat Tolerance/Hardiness Zone 9
Exposure Sun/Part Shade
Avg Mature Height 10'
Avg Mature Width 8'
Spacing 6-8'
Growth Rate Slow
Leaf Color Burgundy/Green
Fall Leaf Color Gold
Flower Color Red
Flower Time Spring
Cary Award Winner No
PA Gold Medal Award No
Attractive Bark Yes
Attracts Birds No
Attracts Butterflies No
Attracts Hummingbirds No
Attracts Pollinators No
Deer Resistant Yes
Drought Tolerant No
Dry, Poor Soils No
Edible Fruit No
Fragrant No
Groundcover No
Hedge/Windbreak No
Native No
Salt Tolerance/Seashore No
Seasonal Cut Branches No
Shade Tolerance Yes
Showy Flowers No
Specimen Yes
Urban Conditions No
Utility Line Trees Yes
Wet Moist Soils No
Winter Interest Yes
Woodland Garden Yes
Decor/Craft Use No

Size Guide

Size Guide Scale


Size: B

Size B

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Size B Trees:

6' tall, strong stem caliper, strong branching and great form. Grown in our #10 or #15 tree container in this size. This tree will have an immediate impact on your landscape.

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