Question: We have a Crimson Queen (Japanese maple) tree which is planted in the shadow of the house (western side against a tree covered hill) so that it does not receive Sun more than 1-2 hours a day -- when there is a bright sun. Hence, the color is not Crimson, but a dull purple. It turns the corrrect color in the Fall. Another Crimson Queen with more sun is a beautiful Crimson all Summer. Is there anything that can be done(besides moving it) to have the shaded Crimson Queen change to its correct color?

Answer: Unfortunately, there is nothing you can do to change the color except adjust the lighting as you have surmised. I would not recommend transplanting the tree if it is established in its location. If you do want to transplant, wait and do it in the fall or very early spring. Midsummer is too stressful a time to move it.

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