Plant Taxonomy of Crimson Queen Japanese Maple:
Characteristics of Crimson Queen:
Some Crimson Queen Japanese maple trees can grow to be 8'-10' at maturity, with a slightly greater spread. Other types (namely, with a lower graft) will stay shorter. The plant exhibits a weeping form. The "dissectum" in its botanical name refers to the fact that it bears dissected leaves. In terms of color, the leaves can go through as many as four phases:
- A bright reddish-purple when they first emerge in spring
- A darker red (burgundy) later in spring
- Green (or at least a considerable amount of green mixed in) in summer (especially if exposed to a lot of sunlight)
- A return to a bright reddish-purple in fall
Sun and Soil Requirements:
Planting Zones for Crimson Queen Japanese Maple:
Uses in Landscaping:
Problems for Crimson Queen Japanese Maple:
This is a fairly delicate plant. I already mentioned the preference for dappled shade, a condition which many growers struggle to find in their landscapes. You may also wish to protect it from wind damage, to be on the safe side; at the very least, try to locate it in a somewhat sheltered area.
But for those landscaping in climates at the northern end of its range, perhaps the biggest problem faced is damage from a frost or a freeze. Unfortunately, such growers may encounter a challenge, then, at each end of the growing season:
- In spring, a frost or freeze may damage the new foliage
- While in autumn, the cold may mar the otherwise splendid fall foliage
As someone landscaping in zone 5, I've found that all the different types of Japanese maples I've grown are susceptible to this autumn damage, especially. It's very disappointing: all summer you anticipate the fall color your specimen will morph into, only to have its appearance ruined during an October cold snap. While the plant itself is not harmed, the most exposed leaves will turn a light brown and shrivel up.
Outstanding Features of Crimson Queen:
Pruning, Other Care Tips:
- To keep it from rubbing up against the branches of adjacent plants or a structure
- To avoid letting the bottommost branches come into contact with the ground
My own plant came with a stake attached to it to keep the main part of the trunk somewhat straight, and I have left this stake in place. Others choose to remove the stake and allow the plant to cascade more fully.