Fireglow Japanese Maple is a middle size, low branching deciduous tree with outstanding leaf color in fall. The leaves are deeply lobbed with many attractive color such as yellow, orange, red, purple. In mid-Spring small clusters of flowers appear followed by winged fruit. Japanese maple is an excellent addition to any garden and even does well pots. Fireglow is an impressive, vigorous, reliable tree that has fire-red leaf color.
This impressive and reliable cultivar is a vigorous, upright, well-branched shrub or small tree. It is similar to the popular, well-tried and tested ‘Bloodgood’, but the leaves are not as deeply divided and it has a deeper, more intense, red color which stays throughout the summer, even in hot, sunny conditions. The new leaves emerge a very bright pink red in the spring before turning a deep red. The upper surface retains its color well into late summer and does not burn in the hot sun. The foliage becomes purple red suffused with green in early fall.
The seven-lobed medium-sized leaves are divided to just over two-thirds of the way to the leaf base, with the small basal lobes at right angles to the petioles. The leaves are 7-9 cm long and 9-11 cm wide. The ovate lobes are 5-6 cm long and 2-2.5cm broad at the widest point in the middle, narrowing to 1-1.5cm at the lobe junctions. The junctions are 1.5 – 2.5 cm from the leaf base. The leaf margins are evenly and sharply double toothed. This cultivar forms an upright shrub with many slender dark red shoots, eventually reaching up to 4 – 5 m high. Although vigorous, it does not become as tall and widespread as ‘Bloodgood’, and makes an excellent garden or container plant. The original tree is only about 4 m after 30 years. ‘Firelglow’ was first selected and developed by the Fratelli Gilardelli Nursery, near Milan, Italy, under the code FGI. The name ‘Fireglow’ aptly describes the eye-catching effect when the leaves are backlit by the sun. A Dutch nursery later sold this same cultivar under the name ‘Effigi’, which has been misspelled as ‘Effigy’.
Fireglow Japanese Maple is 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.
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Zone: 5 to 8
Height: 8.00 to 10.00 feet
Spread: 12.00 to 15.00 feet
Bloom Time: April
Bloom Description: Reddish-purple
Sun: Full sun to partial shade
Leaf: Colorful, Good Fall