Emperor One Japanese Maple (Acer palmatum ‘Wolff’)

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!

Tips 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!

Emperor One Japanese Maple (Acer palmatum ‘Wolff’) Details

Common name Emperor One Japanese Maple
Botanical name Acer palmatum 'Wolff'
Hardiness zone 5-9
Growth rate Medium
Height 10 - 15 ft.
Width 10 - 15 ft.
Sunlight Full Sun, Partial Shade
Moisture Medium
Soil condition Widely Adaptable
Pollinator-friendly Yes
Flower color N/A
Leaf color Dark Red