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Japanese Maple 'Firecracker'

Acer palmatum (Dissectum Group) 'Firecracker'

Also known as

Acer 'Firecracker', Maple 'Firecracker'

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Full Sun
Easy care
Moderate watering
Frost Hardy


RHS hardiness


Minimum temperature

Expected size








10 years to reach maturity


    • spring
    • summer
    • autumn
    • winter

    This plant has no fragrance

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    Japanese Maple 'Firecracker' Overview

    Acer palmatum 'Firecracker' is a compact, deciduous shrub or small tree cultivar that has purple-red feathery leaves in summer, which turn to a bright orange-red in autumn. This slow-growing Acer can eventually reach 4 meters in height and spread. Commonly known by the names Japanese Maple 'Firecracker' and Maple 'Firecracker', this Acer is a wonderful statement plant and suits growing in containers as well as small gardens. A stunning red colour in Autumn, it looks particularly good reflected in a still pond. It likes a sheltered position in partial shade. Leaf colour will be more impressive when grown in a slightly shaded area, but it will tolerate full sun if soil conditions are moist enough. Otherwise, leaf scorch may occur. It prefers soil that is on the acid, rather than the alkaline side, that is moist but well-drained. So keep well watered during dry spells (and regularly water newly planted trees). Additional plant feed may be required for potted or container-grown specimens. Acers can also benefit from spring and/or winter mulching with a helping of ericaceous material such as pine needles or chopped bracken. Little to no pruning is recommended, however removing dead or unwanted branches can be done in late autumn to midwinter.

    Common problems with Japanese Maple 'Firecracker'

    How to propagate Japanese Maple 'Firecracker'



    Softwood cuttings in early summer

    Special features of Japanese Maple 'Firecracker'

    Attractive leaves

    Autumn colour

    Pot plant