Red Spider Japanese Maple Tree
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Red Spider Japanese Maple Tree
Red Spider Japanese Maple Leaf
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Growth Facts

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

Acer palmatum 'Red Spider'

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Were it not red-leaved in spring and even brighter red in fall, you might think Red Spider Japanese Maple was a clump of bamboo! With its finely cut foliage, this tree is unlike any Japanese Maple you’ve ever seen. Red Spider is an upright grower with horizontal branches that droop ever so slightly at the tips (like bamboo), and this graceful habit—combined with its delicate texture—give it an elegant look that’s perfect for formal gardens. Plant it as a focal point near your entranceway, patio, or pool, and it will draw all eyes to its sleek, stylish form and its ribbony foliage fluttering and dancing in the breeze.

Growth Facts

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

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The Story

Red Spider is a “Linearilobum” Japanese Maple, a type of Maple often described as “strapleaf.” Instead of the usual star-shaped leaves, this group’s leaves have long, skinny lobes that give the impression of bamboo or grass-like foliage. The origin of this particular variety is disputed. Some say Red Spider emerged from an unknown source in Canada, while the late Dick Wolff of Red Maple Nursery in Media, Pennsylvania claimed it as his own introduction from 1984. To complicate matters further, ‘Red Spyder’ Japanese Maple and ‘Red Spider Web’ Japanese Maple are not alternate names for ‘Red Spider,’ but two other trees entirely!

The Details

Don’t be alarmed if your Red Spider’s leaves don’t look as strappy as they should. Young branches often produce what’s known as “juvenile” foliage that looks more like that of a typical Japanese Maple leaf. Don’t prune those branches out—when they leaf out again the next year, they should sprout the normal, spidery, “adult” Red Spider foliage. This is just a quirk of some Japanese Maples.

How to Grow

Despite its sophisticated, high-class good looks, Red Spider Japanese Maple isn’t a diva when it comes to care and only requires a few conditions for success. Like most trees, it won’t abide waterlogged soils, so excess water must drain freely. Like most trees, it also appreciates regular irrigation, especially during that important establishment period. Either full sun or part shade will suit this specimen tree, but if a balance can be struck between ample sunlight and protection from the hottest afternoon rays, then the foliage will shine its brightest. Insects and diseases are rarely a threat to Red Spider, though verticillium wilt is a serious but uncommon issue to be aware of when growing any Japanese Maple. This fungal disease is more likely to affect stressed trees, and proper cultural care is the best form of prevention.

More Info

Cold Tolerance/Hardiness Zone 6
Heat Tolerance/Hardiness Zone 9
Exposure Sun/Part Shade
Avg Mature Height 12'
Avg Mature Width 8'
Spacing 6-8'
Growth Rate Slow
Leaf Color Burgundy
Fall Leaf Color Red
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:

4-5' Tall. Grown in our #10 tree container. Excellent branching and an incredibly fun and unique landscape specimen.

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Red Spider Japanese Maple Tree
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