Acer palmatum dissectum Firecracker – Buy, Grow and Learn

Acer palmatum dissectum Firecracker – Japanese Maple Acer firecracker, or using it’s proper name Acer palmatum ‘firecracker’ is also known as Japanese maple ‘firecracker’

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The Acer firecracker is a deciduous and slower growing variety of Acer palmatum which can be planted and grown as a decent sized shrub or a small tree. It has red and purple leaves that appear feathery, which eventually turn a gorgeous red and orange towards the end of summer into the Autumn period.

Extra Large Specimen Acer palmatum dissectum Firecracker - Japanese Maple - Approx 150cms

Specimen Acer palmatum dissectum Firecracker – Japanese Maple – Approx 150cms

Its ultimate height is around 2.4 – 4 metres, which is about the same as the spread. It gets to it’s ultimate height in around ten to twenty years.

How to grow Acer firecracker

Best grown in a moist but well drained soil, and always appreciates a good soak through the summer months. You’ll find it will show the best leaf colours when sitting in partial shade, but to be honest it’s perfectly fine in full sun. If you do find you get leaf scorch it’s usually due to lack of moisture in the soil (or even too much).

How to propagate acer firecracker

It is possible to propagate acer firecracker by grafting or taking softwood cuttings.

How to prune acer firecracker

You don’t really need to prune this plant at all, it has a natural form and well branched structure, so just leave it alone! READ: What should I underplant Acers with?

How big do acer firecrackers grow?

The grow to approximately 4m in idea conditions, taking between 10 and 20 years to get there. Worth the wait as they are beautiful when fully established.

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Acer palmatum dissectum 'Firecracker': A Vibrant Burst of Color for Your Garden

Acer palmatum dissectum 'Firecracker' is a stunning cultivar of the Japanese maple, known for its vibrant foliage and elegant, cascading form. This compact, deciduous tree adds a burst of colour to any garden, making it a popular choice for small landscapes, rock gardens, and even container plantings. In this short article, we'll explore the features, care, and uses of Acer palmatum dissectum 'Firecracker'.

Features of Acer palmatum dissectum 'Firecracker'

'Firecracker' is a slow-growing, dwarf Japanese maple cultivar, reaching a mature height and width of about 4-6 feet. Its finely dissected, lace-like leaves emerge a bright red in spring, maturing to a deep burgundy colour in summer. In fall, the foliage transforms into a brilliant display of fiery oranges and reds, creating a spectacular seasonal show.

The tree's cascading, weeping form lends itself to a soft, graceful appearance, making 'Firecracker' a stunning focal point in any garden setting.

Caring for 'Firecracker'

Acer palmatum dissectum 'Firecracker' thrives in well-draining, slightly acidic soil and prefers dappled sunlight or partial shade. Too much direct sun can scorch the delicate leaves, especially in hot climates. Shelter the tree from strong winds, as the branches can be somewhat brittle.

Water 'Firecracker' regularly, especially during the first few years, to establish a deep, extensive root system. Once established, the tree is moderately drought-tolerant but will still appreciate consistent moisture.

Prune 'Firecracker' lightly in late winter or early spring, removing any dead, damaged, or crossing branches. This cultivar requires minimal pruning to maintain its natural, cascading form.

Design Ideas for Incorporating 'Firecracker' into Your Garden

  • Plant 'Firecracker' near a patio, deck, or walkway, where its vibrant foliage and elegant form can be appreciated up close.
  • Use 'Firecracker' as a focal point in a small garden or mixed border, contrasting its colourful leaves with the foliage of evergreen shrubs or grasses.
  • Grow 'Firecracker' in a large container on a balcony or terrace, creating a stunning, low-maintenance display.
  • Incorporate 'Firecracker' into a Japanese or Zen-style garden, where its graceful form and vibrant hues will complement the serene landscape.

Acer palmatum dissectum 'Firecracker' is a captivating addition to any garden, offering a vibrant display of colour and an elegant, cascading form. With minimal care requirements and versatility in landscape design, this Japanese maple cultivar is sure to impress and delight gardeners and visitors alike.

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