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Question: I was wondering where I could find information about an Acer Palmatum

Answer: Here's what I know about Emperor One: Not only one of the most beautiful Japanese Maples but also the easiest to grow in a variety of extreme climates, Emperor One is a compact, brilliant purple-leafed variety that will delight you from spring through fall with bold foliage and an elegant vase-like silhouette. Find a special place for this hardworking, very adaptable little tree.

From spring through summer, the wide, many-"fingered" leaves on this tree are a rich, deep purple. Then, when the fall chill arrives, they turn a brilliant wine-red. And no matter how hot and humid summers might get, Emperor One won't green out. Color that fast is hard to find, and you'll love how Emperor One holds out when other trees around it are melting.

If you've got a small garden or limited space left for planting a large accent tree, Emperor One is the tree you need. Just 15 feet high and wide at maturity, it has a compact, manageable shape that needs no trimming to look symmetrical and tidy. Perfect for the patio, front-yard specimen, or central point of a shrub or perennial planting.

Like most Japanese Maples, Emperor One thrives in full sun in northern climates, partial afternoon shade in your gardening region. Very heat-tolerant and vigorous, Emperor One is among the most cold-hardy of the Japanese Maples, having survived temperatures of -29 degrees F without damage. If you're on the edge of this tree's hardiness range, chances are you can give it a little extra protection and it will grow stress-free in your climate.

Space trees about 15 feet apart, and water them well the first few seasons to get their root systems established.

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