â€˜Red Dragonâ€™ is a semi-dwarf variety of laceleaf Japanese maples. Its average height is 3-5 feet, although they can sometimes reach up to 8 feet tall. Laceleaf trees, generally speaking are more delicate trees, subject to sunburn and the like. While â€˜Red Dragonâ€™ has a tougher skin than some other laceleaf trees, itâ€™s best to plant it in partial shade. Its lacey foliage resembles dragon claws (hence the name) that emerge a magnificent purple-red, darkening throughout the year to a deep burgundy. The enticing color show continues into the fall, with leaves turning bright red. Even in winter, this tree holds our interest: the bark of new limbs grows a dark purple (almost black), which is quite striking when the leaves are gone.