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The red dragon japanese maple is known for keeping its rich purple/red foliage color better than the other laceleaf maples. The leaves become a scarlet red during the spring time then turn a dark burgundy during the summer before finally turning into a crimson red in the fall. 

Japanese maple tree red dragon

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  • Light: Red dragon is best placed in a area that receives morning sun and afternoon shade. Partial shade is an ideal spot to grow most japanese maples.

    Soil: Well drained soil with rich organic matter. 

    Water: Just like all maples, the red dragon has shallow roots so it may dry out quickly. Therefore, mulch is highly recommended in order to maintain moisture within the soil. During normal weathers, water twice a week. If weather becomes extremely hot, watering 3 or 4 times might be needed weekly. 

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