Ruby Star Japanese Maple



Ruby Star Japanese Maple is an intriguing, dwarf, upright maple with small star-shaped foliage that emerges in tones of pinkish-red turning to ruby-red by summer. The petite new growth is bright red against the mature green foliage. Ruby Star Japanese Maple has fall color of brilliant yellows, oranges and reds. Also called Beni Hoshi which means Ruby Star.

  • Scientific Name: Acer palmatum ‘Ruby Star’
  • USDA Zone: 5 – 8
  • Average Height: 5′
  • Average Width: 4′
  • Sun Exposure: Full sun to part shade

Japanese Maple Planting/Care Instructions

Before planting, have your soil tested to see what amendments are needed. Click this link to check your frost dates: Frost Dates. Choose the right time of the year to plant according to your zone. When you receive your tree, soak the root ball in water for 20 minutes upon arrival before planting or potting. Gently break up the root ball. This will help the roots of the tree to grow out into the soil. Dig a hole slightly larger than the root ball of your tree. Fill in the hole tightly with soil to avoid any air pockets. Plant your maple with the root flare above the soil line.

Japanese maples planted in the ground generally do not need fertilizer. Container grown maples can use a bit of slow-release fertilizer. However, variegated cultivars should not be fertilized. Be sure to water your trees. In addition, pull weeds out when they appear. They take nutrients from the soil.

Young grafted trees will continue to have new growth on the rootstock for several years. If new buds or branches develop on the rootstock, remove them before they grow larger. If a larger branch develops, use sterile pruners to remove. Prune trees as needed to encourage growth. Always sterilize your pruners. If you have trouble keeping up with your pruners, check out our locally hand-made leather pruner holster here.

Lastly, enjoy your Ruby Star Japanese Maple and your time in the garden!

Please Note: We currently do not ship plants to Alaska, California, Hawaii, Oregon or Washington. These states have strict shipping regulations against pests from other states. Extended transit time is also a factor in this decision. We are sorry for the inconvenience.
Many factors influence which plants will thrive in a given location. Heat, cold, and elevation are just a few that can have a big impact. Click here for the USDA Zone map

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Pat F.
I recommend this product

Easy! Will see how it does in the ground! It was a 40th anniversary present, the ruby anniversary!

Maples N More Nursery

Thank you for the review. Happy anniversary!!

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