Acer palmatum Fireball

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Acer palmatum Fireball


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Acer palmatum Fireball lives up to its name – small in size, but big in color.

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Acer palmatum Fireball is another new Japanese Maple for my nursery. This could be a dwarf/miniature Fireglow, but more compact. Small leaves are purple-red in the spring and holding this color through the summer and finishing with a fantastic dark scarlet red. Discovered as a witch’s broom from a red leaf maple this little cutie prefers all day sun.  A minimum of 5 hours of direct sunlight is necessary to hold the purple-red color  in the summer. Without sufficient sun – red leaf maples evolve to green tones known as greening-out.

If you are looking for a miniature dwarf maple as a focal point in your garden – the Japanese Maple Fireball will not disappoint. With the sun shining on it’s leaves this maple is a real-time fireball.  Good drainage is a must for all maples and over-watering can be trouble. For more information see Care and Maintenance of Japanese Maples

Additionally, maples like Fireball require some annual pruning to maintain their lovely shape. I recommend an annual haircut.  See Pruning Japanese Maples for more information. In 10 years Fireball may reach 3′ tall and wide. Once established this maple is hardy to -10 degrees USDA zone 6.

Limited availability – 1 gallon size Acer palmatum Fireball maples will be available April/May 2020.

Photos courtesy of Buchholz Nursery. 

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1 Gallon, 2 Gallon, 3 Gallon


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