Acer palmatum 'Red Pygmy'

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Plant type

Deciduous tree


Autumn colour



Skill level


Acer palmatum 'Red Pygmy'

Plant details

Acer palmatum is a deciduous, woody shrub native to parts of Asia and Russia. There are many garden-worthy cultivars available, which have been bred for their leaf shapes and colours.

Holder of the Royal Horticultural Society's prestigious Award of Garden Merit (AGM), Acer palmatum 'Red Pygmy' is deservedly popular. It makes a beautiful mound-shaped tree, with reddish-purple seven-lobed leaves that turn scarlet in autumn.

For best results, grow Acer palmatum 'Red Pygmy' in moist but well-drained soil in partial shade. Protect it from the harshest winds, which may cause leaf scorch.

Family: Aceraceae

Genus: Acer

Species: palmatum

Cultivar: Red Pygmy

Plant type: Deciduous tree

Foliage colour: Purple

Feature: Autumn colour

Sun exposure: Partial shade

Soil: Well-drained/light, Acidic, Moist

Hardiness: Hardy

Skill level: Experienced

Height: 150cm

Spread: 150cm

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