Red Leaf Japanese Maple
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Red Leaf Japanese Maple is considered to be a small tree, typically grows at a slow to medium rate, with height increases of anywhere from less than 12" to 24" per year.
USDA Hardiness Zones 5–8. (see map)
The Japanese maple (Acer palmatum) is known for its small, delicate leaves with pointy lobes that spread outward like fingers on a palm.
These leaves turn fabulous shades of orange, red or purple in autumn.
The lifespan of Japanese maple trees mostly depends on care and environmental conditions. They prefer rich, acidic, well-draining soil.
They also like partly-shady settings and regular irrigation water. Drought is moderately tolerated.
If you want to enhance the lifespan of Japanese maple trees, give them regular irrigation, provide an annual application of good quality compost, and install them in a location that provides partial shade and good drainage.
Caring for your trees
The best you can do in this case is to nurture your Japanese maple with good soil, regular water and possible yearly injections to extend its life as long as possible.
Japanese maple care is easy. Caring for this tree in summer is mainly a matter of providing enough water to prevent stress. Water the tree in the absence of rain. Cut back on the amount of water in late summer to intensify the fall color.