Crimson Queen Japanese Maple
In this Episode of the MrMaple Show, Tim and Matt talk about Acer Palmatum 'Crimson Queen'. To purchase Crimson Queen directly from our website, click here.
About Crimson Queen
Crimson Queen has exceptional spring colors, a dark maroon with a subtle lace leaf style foliage that is great for holding it's color in late day shade. Crimson Queen can go in extreme shades and still have a very dark maroon, one of the boldest colors of all the lace leaves. The spring color can fade to a lighter red and the fall colors are exuberant bright scarlet reds. Crimson Queen grows approximately 3-4 feet tall by about 5-6 feet wide within 15-20 years, a smaller sized tree. It is going to have a dense, low, cascading umbrella, which makes the classic weeping Japanese Maple shape.
We typically recommend Crimson Queen for a late day shade that's going to give you your most impressive colors. Late into the summer, this tree is a wonderful low weeping tree, and great for container growing. This tree is good for Zones 5-9, so it will grow in a lot of different places all across the country as long as you give it some protection from the hot afternoon sun.
One of the nice things about the Crimson Queen is that it is a lace leaf Japanese Maple, which means that the lobes on the leaf are heavily, deeply divided. Crimson Queen has one of the most divided leaves, so those serrations are some of the sharpest of a needle lace leaf. This makes the Crimson Queen easily identifiable, and is one of the reasons why this tree is such a beauty in the landscape. An aptly named tree, Crimson Queen is a tree that anyone can remember and pronounce, as well as very fun and one of the most popular trees.
Our 1 gallon Crimson Queens offered at our nursery are both high and low grafted. The high graft allows the tree to have a little bit of height before it cascades and umbrellas out, and definitely raises up a lot before you get a lot of lateral and weeping branching. Our low graft has a lot of side branching coming in on a much lower point.
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