Which Japanese Maple stays red all season &

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  1. Echolane

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    grows/looks more like a bushy shrub. IOW, I don't want it to develop a typical tree like canopy. Ideally, something that matures around 10' or less. I've been scanning through my Vertrees book, but nothing seems to qualify. Perhaps Shaina???? Would greatly appreciate some suggestions.
     
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    Ap Pixie works, Ap Skeetter's Broom is also very good. Ap Rhode Island Red has great red color, Ruslyn in the Pink has a unique red color. Brandt's Dwarf, English Town and Elizabeth are all good but a bit short of 10' trees.
    Hupp's Red Willow or Red Cloud are different and has the right color, a little more tree looking than the others mentioned.
     
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    emery Renowned Contributor Maple Society 10 Years

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    Pixie is brilliant. I'll cast a vote for Red Pygmy, a linearlobum, as well. Great little tree.
     
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    Red Pygmy was on my mind but I have had them green out in late summer. Ginshi is another similar tree., not sure of its late summer color.
     
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    Ah, some great suggestions, thank you!

    What about some of the red dissectums? For example Inaba Shidare or Crimson Queen. Inaba Shidare reads like it will get fairly tall. Does it? and does it stay red all summer?
     
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    both of those are very good, Tamuke yama also works very well. One thing to look at with dissectums is they grow much wider han most people expect. you need a good 10' circle for one to grow into.
     
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    pixie is a good choice, i like garnet for the dissectums
     
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    Pixie and Skeeter's Broom are the best smaller reds. Skeeter's Broom is a more distinct orange-red. Garnet does well as a dissectum. All of the dissectums bronze out in a lot of sun.
     
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    English Town for me has the brightest red, it is like a fireglow or ketchup red. Red Dragon is my fav for red dissectums which hold the red/
     
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    emery Renowned Contributor Maple Society 10 Years

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    Garnet is a good maple. I'll have to check out English Town, I've never even heard of that one! :)

    Red Pygmy stays red for me, but my "full sun" is certainly less strong than most.

    -E
     
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    No problem being short of 10'. something that matures around 6' would work for me too.
    Which would mean Pixie would work for me. I love its red. But.... in the photos I've come across it looks more like a miniature tree than a shrub. Is that the case?
     
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    Just FYI my Pixie purchased from a large nursery in the Pacific Northwest is already around 7 feet tall x 4 feet wide at 8-9 years of age. Like all maples, could be mislabeled but is growing perhaps faster than I thought. Also thick in foliage but tree-like so far in form.

    I have also seen a 20 year old Skeeters Broom around 12 feet tall x 6 feet wide or so and has never been fertilized. Mine is only 5 feet tall x 3 feet wide around 9 years of age as well.

    Justin
     
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    Pixie does grow to 8'. Skeeter's Broom does grow a little taller. Both trees are easy to keep pruned down if needed. For me, both of them are more of a purple red. Pixie does have more of a dwarf tree look than a bush look.

    the photos are labeled as to the tree
     

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    Photo of Red Dragon is drop dead gorgeous!
     
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    I feel the same way. It is my only red dissectum planted besides my 70 year old one. I think is is as good of example of a red dissectum then again there are red dissectums all over the place in the neighbors yards.
     

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