Acer palmatum ‘Winter Red’

(Winter Red Coral Bark Maple)


Hardiness Zones:

 6a  6b  7a  7b  8a  8b

Quick Overview:

Acer palmatum ‘Winter Red’ is a wonderful coral bark Japanese maple with bright red bark especially in the winter. The leaves emerge light green in the spring and contrast very well off the bright red bark. The leaves darken and the bark lightens as summer arrives. In fall, the leaves of ‘Winter Red’ become a bright, golden yellow that really stand out in the landscape. ‘Winter Red’ does not grow nearly as large as other coral barks, making it an excellent choice for smaller spaces.


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 Missouri Botanical Garden Plant Finder)

Additional information

Common Name

Winter Red Coral Bark Maple

Botanical Name

Acer palmatum 'Winter Red'


7 gallon

Evergreen or Deciduous


Hardiness Zone

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

Growth Rate


Light Requirements

Part-shade, Part-sun





Soil Condition


Water Needs




Foliage Color


Deer Resistant


Fall Color

golden yellow

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