Emperor One Japanese Maple

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Reigning Monarch Emperor One Japanese Maple!

  • Landscaper's Favorite
  • Holds Color in the Shade
  • Rich Plum & Brilliant Crimson
  • Lustrous Leaves With Outstanding Color
  • Three Seasons Interest
  • Wide, Upright Form
  • Full Sun or Part Shade
  • Acid Soil Tolerance
  • Ornamental Accent
  • Faster Growing, Small Tree
  • Compact Form
  • Thrives in a Wide Range of Growing Zones

Japanese Maples are easily one of the most beautiful trees that you can buy to enhance your landscape! The gorgeous Emperor One Japanese Maple tree (Acer palmatum 'Wolff') is indeed the cream of the crop!

This exceptionally ornamental tree has absolutely gorgeous color, lasting throughout all three seasons of the growing season! Plus amazing color that transitions throughout the year!

The Emperor One, or 'Red Emperor' as it is sometimes called, is slower to leaf out in the spring than other species of red Japanese Maples. This means that it isn't as susceptible to surprise spring frost damage as other varieties can sometimes be.

One of the great qualities of Emperor One is of course its beautiful leaves! They are exquisitely shaped and colored, but what makes them stand out is their almost translucent quality. Deeply incised and evenly toothed margins create a magical look!

Emperor One seems to be glowing from the inside like a lantern when the sun hits it from behind. You have to see it to understand it, and once you do you won't ever forget it! Even pictures can't capture this beauty!

Just one of these beautiful trees accentuates the home landscape in such a way, that it creates an environment of calming mystique and an air of peaceful relaxation.

How to Use Emperor One Japanese Maple In The Landscape

Emperor One Japanese Maple trees are of course iconic additions to Asian-inspired gardens. Planted near a water feature so they can reflect in the still waters and become the crowning jewel of the landscape.

Their shape and form lend that certain elegance to Zen gardens, formal beds and commercial plantings, and fit into modern gardens or urban landscapes alike. You can see why these amazing trees are a landscaper's go-to plant for their designs!

Colorful additions to any bed or border, these graceful trees are both superb accent plants and stand-out landscape anchors that add finery to the garden. Underplant with perennials to add living mulch and companion plant color. Highlight with a back border of conifers to let these really stand out and show off.

Plant one at the corner of your home or foundation shrubs to increase your curb appeal exponentially, or one near the entrance of your home to welcome visitors with regal flair. Your property will look like you spent big bucks for that designer's touch!

A vigorous tree, they are instant focal points to any style landscape and just the right shape for creating a welcoming row along the drive, and the perfect size to provide delicious shade along your back patio. Japanese Maples add elegance, color and cooling shading without sacrificing space!

It will also thrive in a very large container which will keep it naturally much smaller. Just be sure this large planter has great drainage holes and rich soil. If you want to keep it really small, you can prune the Japanese Maple Emperor One as an amazing bonsai!

Especially when planted in hot climates, Japanese Maples appreciate some afternoon shade, so why not buy yours a shade tree of its own? Try other fiery red Maples like the Autumn Blaze Maple!

#ProPlantTips For Care

Like other deciduous Japanese Maple, Emperor One is a vigorous grower and reaches a lovely 10-15 feet in both height and in width, but it can be pruned to any size as needed. The leaves bud later than others to avoid late spring frosts.

Favoring morning sun, the Emperor One Japanese Maple trees grow in both full sun and partial shade with no loss in that gorgeous, saturated color. Easily holding onto those plums and crimsons in the shade and sun without fading.

However, in most areas of the country, all Japanese Maple varieties appreciate some afternoon shade, especially in the hotter climates. These delicate leaves can actually get sunburned!

Cold hardy and doing exceptionally well in colder winters, where they can tolerate full sun, Emperor One thrives in USDA hardiness zones 5 through 9. A generous layer of mulch does wonders for all plants and trees, retaining soil moisture better as well as insulating the root system from heat and chill.

Preferring rich, moist soil that is amended with organic matter, compost and humus. Japanese Maples need proper moisture and access to water. They also require well-drained soils so the root system does not sit in water. Be sure to never allow your Emperor One to dry out, especially during that crucial establishment period!

Placement is best by the front entrance or when used as an anchor for your foundation planting. Landscape lighting will make this plant shine! Be sure to up-light it for a truly striking garden statement! Your yard will look like you paid a king's ransom for it (but we'll keep your secret!).

Adding Emperor One to your garden provides that regal, elegant touch. That crowning glory for your landscape, the red carpet to welcome guests, or that one missing piece to the puzzle that brings your entire design together!

Don't wait another moment, order an Emperor One Japanese Maple and complete your garden's vision today! Call Nature Hills right away!

Frequently Asked Questions

How tall do Emperor 1 Japanese Maples get?

The Emperor One Japanese Maple can attain a mature height of 10 to 15 feet and an equal mature width.

What is the difference between Bloodgood and Emperor Japanese Maple?

The difference between these two great cultivars of Japanese Maple is that the Bloodgood can get much taller and a bit wider than Emperor Maple. The Bloodgood also has a more dramatic bright reddish hue while Emperor has dark red.

How fast does an Emperor I Japanese Maple grow?

The Emperor One Japanese Maple tree has a medium growth rate and can grow about 1 to 2 feet per year, in optimal conditions.

What is the prettiest Japanese Maple?

Beauty is in the eye of the beholder, but the smallest prettiest Japanese Maple may be the Inaba Shidare. The prettiest of the large Japanese Maples is the Coral Bark, which also has the most beautiful coral bark color. Some bi-color Japanese Maples have variegated leaves such as the Kagiri Nishiki and the Ben Schichiheng. While the Crimson Queen has gorgeous delicately fine-cut foliage.

What shipping options do you offer?

NatureHills.com works closely with our growers and nursery professionals to ensure we ship when it is most appropriate for your area. Our goal is to deliver the hardiest plants by avoiding extreme high and low temperatures. Check out our shipping schedule for more information and to learn our wills and won’ts when it comes to shipping plants. Find your Emperor One Japanese Maple tree for sale here at NatureHills.com!

Buying Options for Plants

Nature Hills sells a large variety of plants with several options available. Plants are offered in both potted containers and as dormant bare root without soil. Here is a helpful resource to understand your options as you create a beautiful landscape with help from Nature Hills.

Ever wonder what a larger plant will mean for your landscape? Container Sizes are really all about the age of the plant!

Seasonally, Nature Hills offers hand selected, high quality bare root trees, shrubs and perennials. Bare root plants are sold by height from the top of the root system to the top of the plant. Plants may be taller than the height minimums.

  • Popular sizes of select trees are 1 foot, 2 feet, 3 feet, etc.
  • Popular sizes of select bare root plants is 1 foot, 18 inches, etc.

Nature Hills Container Size by Volume

Keep in mind, specific varieties and different growing conditions can affect the rate at which plants grow. Variations in size may occur.

Young Plants to 18 Months
Size Volume
2"x2"x3" Ranges from .18 to .21 dry quarts / .198 to .23 dry liters in volume
4.5" Container Equal to .65 dry quart / .72 dry liter in volume
Sprinter Pot Equal to .63 dry quart / .69 dry liter in volume
4" Container Ranges from .31 to .87 / .35 to .96 dry liter in volume
6" Container Equal to 1.4 dry quarts / 1.59 dry liters in volume
1 Quart Equal to 1 dry quart / 1.1 dry liter in volume
5.5" Container Equal to 1.89 of a dry quart / 2.08 dry liters in volume
4"x4"x5" Ranges from .8 to 1.1 dry quarts / .88 to 1.2 dry liters in volume
4"x4"x6" Ranges from 1.0 to 1.3 dry quarts / 1.1 to 1.41 dry liters in volume
4"x4"x9" Ranges from 1.1 to 2.1 dry quarts / 1.2 to 2.3 dry liters in volume
4"x4"x10" Ranges from 1.7 to 2.3 dry quart / 1.87 to 2.53 dry liters in volume
Plants 18 Months - 2.5 Years Old
Size Volume
2 Quart Equal to 2 dry quarts / 2.2 dry liters in volume
#1 Container Ranges from 2.26 to 3.73 dry quarts / 2.49 to 4.11 dry liters in volume
5"x5"x12" Equal to 3.5 to 4.3 dry quarts / 3.85 to 4.74 dry liters in volume
Plants 2 - 4 Years Old
Size Volume
#2 Container Ranges from 1.19 to 1.76 dry gallons / 5.24 to 7.75 dry liters in volume
#3 Container Ranges from 2.32 to 2.76 dry gallons / 10.22 to 12.16 dry liters in volume
Plants 3 - 5 Years Old
Size Volume
#5 Container Ranges from 2.92 to 4.62 dry gallons / 12.86 to 20.35 dry liters in volume
#6 Container Ranges from 5.25 to 6.01 dry gallons / 23.12 to 26.42 dry liters in volume
#7 Container Ranges from 5.98 to 6.08 dry gallons / 26.34 to 26.78 dry liters in volume

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Due to winter weather we have put a hold on shipping to the areas shown below in grey. You can still order now and we will ship the plant to you during an appropriate time for your zone.

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Shipping Rates

At Nature Hills we handle, package and ship the products you order with the utmost care to ensure healthy delivery. Shipping and handling charges are calculated based on the tables below. Please note that some items include an additional handling surcharge, these will be noted on the item's product page.

From To S&H
0 - 19.99 24.99
20 - 49.99 29.99
50 - 69.99 34.99
70 - 99.99 39.99
100 - 129.99 44.99
130 - 149.99 48.99
150 - 150+ Approx 28%

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Emperor One Japanese Maple Is Suited to Grow in Zones 5-9
Growing Zones 5-9
More Information
Brand Nature Hills' Choice
Botanical Name Acer palmatum 'Wolff'
Mature Height 10 - 15 feet
Mature Spread 10 - 15 feet
Sun Exposure Full Sun
Soil Widely Adaptable
Moisture Medium
Growth Rate Medium
Flower Color Dark Red
Foliage Dark Red
Fall Color Red
Pollinator Friendly Yes