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Acer palmatum 'Emperor 1' Japanese Maple Tree

Original price $40.00 - Original price $70.00
Original price
$40.00 - $70.00
Current price $40.00
Selected Size: 1 gallon

Acer palmatum 'Emperor 1'
Red Emperor Japanese Maple

Zones 5-9

‘Emperor 1’ is one of our favorite red upright Japanese maples. Also known as 'Red Emperor', the early spring color of this Japanese maple comes out as an extremely deep maroon with a brilliant translucent sheen that gives the leaves a nice shiny look as the sunlight hits them. This 'Emperor 1' Japanese maple holds its rich, dark red foliage well throughout the summer months, and has a brilliant scarlet fall display. The underside of the leaf is a rich olive green. 

The 'Emperor 1' Japanese maple makes a beautiful dynamic to the shiny red tops as the leaves turn blowing in a light summer breeze. ‘Emperor 1’ is a vigorous growing red Japanese maple though it stays midsized overall at around 15 feet in height. Hardiness is another great quality of ‘Emperor 1’. This Red Emperor Japanese maple tree handles cold conditions extremely well and is also very heat tolerant in the late summer. With all of its wonderful attributes ‘Emperor 1’ makes a perfect choice for a mid-sized upright red Japanese maple.

Limited Quantities Available !! As we have over a thousand cultivars of Japanese maples, we often do not have many of each cultivar. We recommend that you buy the Japanese maples you want immediately as we often sell out of certain selections.

Customer Reviews

Based on 9 reviews
Julio Gaspar
Love this little guy

First time buying plants/trees. I was expecting a twig with one or two leaves and I probably would have been happy with that. I ended up with a little tree! At first I was worried as some of the leaves had tried up and some branches were bent to fit in the box but after a few days in straightened out. Love it! Cant wait till fall time to witness the color change.

Philip Elo
Maple Gardens

I am expanding my maple gardens and these are a great addition.

Maria Gaite
Emperor 1 looks like bloodgood

I bought a 1-gallon Emperor 1 this March 2024. This specimen is similar to a bloodgood Japanese maple. But, I love the bloodgood more. The tree that I received came well-packaged, and already had a lot of leaves and a good size, probably about 2-feet tall. I water this everyday as the soil dries out too quickly in our dry weather here in San Jose, CA. I have moved this to the backyard this May 2024 (under a sunscreen). I am hoping that the leaves would not burn when summer comes. The picture below was taken in April 2024. Emperor 1 is on the farthest right in the picture. Overall, I am happy with my purchase. The customer support is excellent, as well.

Connor J. Sullivan
The "Best Red Japanese Maple"

Emperor 1 in my opinion is the best of all the upright red maples, winning over Bloodgood, Fireglow, Pixie, Moonfire and others...

Twombly's Red Sentinel would be a second place pick for me.

My first tree was a Bloodgood. Since then, I had been very interested in trying to figure out the differences between all of the "Upright Reds". From my experience cruising countless Oregon nurseries and garden centers, Emperor 1 holds it's red color the longest of all the others. It's extremely heat tolerant, is vigorous but doesn't get as large as Bloodgood, or have that muddy burgundy color that greens up like Bloodgood.

If your looking for the superior red maple, pick Emperor 1.

Great Tree

Received my tree. And I would like to say that I’m very impressed with what I received planted it and seems to be thriving

Highly recommend