Acer palmatum ‘Crimson Prince’

('Crimson Prince', Japanese Maple)

Size Price
100-GALLON $999.99

Hardiness Zones:

 5a  5b  6a  6b  7a  7b  8a  8b

Quick Overview:

Introduced by Princeton Nurseries in 1988 this is one of many in a long line of cultivars claiming better than ‘Bloodgood’ status.  Being relatively fast growing ‘Crimson Prince’ is a very desirable red cultivar with dark purple almost black stems. The spring color is slightly more red and not as dark as ‘Bloodgood’ and does hold well into the summer finally turning first bronze then olive green by mid to late August in hot climates. As soon as cool nights start to show up in fall the nice dark red color quickly returns. This plant is very heavily branched and dense making it an excellent choice for a screening plant. Fall color is bright red.



Best grown in moist, organically rich, slightly acidic, well-drained soils in full sun to part shade. Grows well in sandy loams. May be grown in full sun in the northern parts of its growing range, but prefers some part afternoon shade in the southern parts of its growing range. New foliage may scorch in full sun locations in hot summers areas, particularly if soils are not kept consistently moist. Mulch helps retain soil moisture and keep roots cool. Site in locations protected from strong winds. Avoid hot and dry sites. Fertilize in spring before leaves emerge. Pruning is best kept to a minimum, but if needed should be done in late fall to mid winter. Spring or summer pruning often results in significant bleeding.  (Courtesy of the Missouri Botanical Garden Plant Finder)

Additional information

Common Name

'Crimson Prince', Japanese Maple

Botanical Name

Acer palmatum 'Crimson Prince'

Evergreen or Deciduous


Hardiness Zone

5a, 5b, 6a, 6b, 7a, 7b, 8a, 8b

Growth Rate


Light Requirements

Part-sun, Sun


15 to 20'


15 to 20'

Soil Condition


Water Needs




Foliage Color

Spring – red Summer – olive green

Deer Resistant


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