Japanese Maple Tree - Acer palmatum
  • Hardiness Zones: 5-8
  • Habit: Deciduous
  • Growth Rate: Slow to moderate
  • Site Requirements: Light dappled shade; evenly moist, well drained soil; protect from drying winds
  • Texture: Medium to fine
  • Form: Low; dense rounded top; spreading branches; assumes a layered look
  • Height: 15 to 25'
  • Width: 10 to 25'
  • Leaf: 2 to 5" opposite, simple leaf with 5 to 9 lobes; green during summer; yellow, bronze, purple to red fall color
  • Flower/Fruit: Small red to purple flowers; attractive if viewed closely but insignificant from a distance
  • Other: Can be grown as single or multi-stemmed small tree; may suffer leaf scorch with excess sun, wind, or drought

The Japanese maple (Acer palmatum) includes an incredibly diverse and beautiful variety of over 300 cultivars. The leaves vary in shape from the stereotypical Maple leaf, to very intricate lacey designs. The colors of the foliage range from light green to a deep burgundy. The growth habit may be anywhere from a low growing, dwarf weeping variety to a 20 foot tall shade tree. Although Japanese maples look as though they would be delicate, they are hardy and durable trees, seldom damaged by insect pests or by air pollutants. These characteristics make the Japanese Maple ideal for landscaping and home gardens.