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Acer palmatum 'Watnong'

This Japanese maple selection was discovered at the former Watnong Nursery in New Jersey and has proven to be a resilient and adaptable tree. Not only does it thrive in northern climates, but it also boasts impressive heat tolerance for the southern regions. The laceleaf foliage of 'Watnong' starts as a striking, bright red color before transitioning to a pink-red hue in late spring. As summer approaches, the leaves turn bronze, only to burst into a vibrant red once again on the new growth. The tree has a cascading habit that creates a lovely umbrella shape, growing up to 6 ft tall and 8 ft wide over two decades. In the fall, 'Watnong' shows off bright orange and fiery red hues. For the best coloration, it is recommended to grow this cultivar in full sun. It is suitable for growing in Zones 5 through 9.

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