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Acer palmatum 'Red Pygmy'

Japanese maple

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Plant type

Deciduous tree


Autumn colour



Skill level


Acer palmatum 'Red Pygmy'

Plant details

Holder of the Royal Horticultural Society's prestigious Award of Garden Merit (AGM), 'Red Pygmy' is deservedly popular. It makes a beautiful mound-shaped tree, with reddish-purple seven-lobed leaves that turn scarlet in autumn. Like other Japanese maples, it needs a partially shaded spot which is protected from cold winds. The soil should be moist but well drained. It is suitable for growing in a large container, using John Innes No 3 compost, but must be kept well watered.

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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