Acer palmatum var. dissectum ‘Baldsmith’

(Red Dragon Japanese Maple)


Hardiness Zones:

 5a  5b  6a  6b  7a  7b  8a  8b

Quick Overview:

Very pendulous, finely dissected, light orange-red foliage lends a distinctive look to this colorful laceleaf Japanese maple.  Summer leaves become  green prominently highlighted with pink margins, which produces a multi-colored effect. In fall, yellow foliage with orange hues brightens the scene.


Easily 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. Avoid hot and dry sites. Site in locations protected from strong winds. 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

Red Dragon Japanese Maple

Botanical Name

Acer palmatum var. dissectum 'Baldsmith'


20 gallon

Evergreen or Deciduous


Hardiness Zone

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

Growth Rate


Light Requirements

Part-shade, Part-sun


5 ft.


5 ft

Soil Condition


Water Needs




Foliage Color

Pinkish-green new growth maturing green

Deer Resistant


Fall Color


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