Japanese Maple Varieties & Growing Information

There are many Japanese maple varieties that do well in the California climate. A dwarf Japanese maple such as the crimson queen Japanese maple is ideal for patios or areas where space is limited, while larger varieties such as the bloodgood maple create an elegant focal point for any yard. Japanese maple varieties also come in a range of colors. The coral bark Japanese maple boasts a coral red bark with golden yellow leaves while the red dragon Japanese maple produces deep purple leaves. With the many Japanese maple varieties available, you are sure to find one to enhance your garden.

BloodGood Japanese Maple:

Bloodgood Japanese Maple

The blood good maple is a very hardy Japanese maple. Bright red foliage in the spring turns to a deep scarlet in the fall.

  • Botanical: Acer palmatum var. atropurpureum ‘Bloodgood’
  • Type: Deciduous tree
  • Size: 15 – 20 ft. tall and wide
  • Sun-Shade: Filtered sun to full sun
  • Watering: Weekly watering, increase during warm months
  • Garden Uses: Small lawn tree, patios, entryways

Crimson Queen Japanese Maple:

Crimson Queen Japanese Maple

This dwarf Japanese maple has weeping branches that are a deep crimson in the summer which change to scarlet in the fall.

  • Botanical: Acer palmatum var. dissectum ‘Crimson Queen’
  • Type: Deciduous plant
  • Size: 10 ft tall and wide
  • Sun-Shade: Morning sun, afternoon shade
  • Watering: Weekly deep watering, more frequently in summer heat
  • Garden Uses: Fire wise, poolside, woodland garden, specimen garden accent.

Shaina Japanese Maple

Shaina Japanese Maple

This dwarf Japanese maple is a compact, slow growing tree with bright red clusters of leaves.

  • Botanical: Acer palmatum ‘Shaina’
  • Type: Deciduous tree
  • Size: 6ft – 8ft tall, 8ft – 10ft wide
  • Sun-Shade: Morning sun, afternoon shade
  • Watering: Deep, regular watering during warm months
  • Garden Uses: small lawn tree, patios, entryways

Acer Palmatum, Japanese Maple:

Red Leaf Japanese Maple

This Japanese maple produces reddish purple, star shaped leaves. Vibrant color shows all summer. Great accent for green leaved plants.

  • Botanical: Acer palmatum ‘Atropurpureum’
  • Type: Deciduous tree
  • Size: 18 ft tall and wide
  • Sun-Shade: Morning sun, afternoon shade
  • Watering: Regular watering, increase during warm months
  • Garden Uses: accent plant, woodland garden, screen

Aoyagi Japanese Maple:

Aoyagi Japanese Maple

Leaf color is a bright green in the spring and transforms to a brilliant in the fall.

  • Botanical: Acer palmatum ‘Aoyagi’
  • Type: Deciduous plant
  • Size: 10 ft tall and wide
  • Sun-Shade: Morning sun, afternoon shade
  • Watering: Weekly deep watering, more frequently in summer heat
  • Garden Uses: Fire wise, woodland garden, specimen garden accent

Waterfall Japanese Maple:

Waterfall Japanese Maple

Golden foliage in the fall, cascading branches and large green leaves. This smaller tree is ideal for containers, patios or other places with limited space.

  • Botanical: Acer palmatum ‘Waterfall’
  • Type: Deciduous plant
  • Size: 8ft – 10ft tall, 10ft – 12ft wide
  • Sun-Shade: Morning sun, afternoon shade
  • Watering: Regular weekly watering, more frequently in summer heat
  • Garden Uses: poolside, woodland or wild life gardens, containers

Coral Bark Maple, Sangokaku:

Coral Bark Japanese Maple

The coral bark Japanese maple has a beautiful reddish, coral bark. Light green leaves with a dark red border that turn a golden yellow in the fall.

  • Botanical: Acer palmatum ‘Sango Kaku’
  • Type: Deciduous tree
  • Size: 15 - 20 ft. tall and wide
  • Sun-Shade: Bright dappled shade in warmer regions, full sun in cooler areas
  • Watering: Weekly watering, increase during warm months
  • Garden Uses: poolside, urban garden and woodland garden areas

Ryusen Weeping Japanese Maple

Ryusen Japanese Maple

Green leaves and weeping branches cascade down in the spring and fire up in the fall changing to yellow and orange-red colors. It’s weeping form makes it great for areas with limited space.

  • Botanical: Acer palmatum ‘Ryusen’
  • Type: Deciduous tree
  • Size: 20 ft. tall and 5 to 6 ft. wide; fast growing
  • Sun-Shade: Partial to full sun
  • Watering: Regular watering, increase during warm months
  • Garden Uses: espalier, specimen, urban garden, wildlife garden

Red Dragon Japanese Maple:

Red Dragon Japanese Maple

Purple lace like leaves give way to vibrant red fall leaves.

  • Botanical: Acer palmatum var. dissectum ‘Red Dragon’
  • Type: Deciduous tree
  • Size: 3 – 5 ft. wide after 10 years, 7 – 8 ft. tall after 15 years
  • Sun-Shade: Morning sun, Afternoon shade
  • Watering: Weekly watering, increase during warm months
  • Garden Uses: Container or woodland garden

Shin Deshojo Japanese Maple

Shin Deshojo Japanese Maple

Salmon-red leaves in the spring moves to a green in summer and a screaming orange-scarlet in the fall. This small tree produces intense color year round.

  • Botanical: Acer palmatum ‘Shin Deshojo’
  • Type: Deciduous tree
  • Size: 7 – 9 ft. tall and wide
  • Sun-Shade: Partial to full sun
  • Watering: Regular watering, increase during warm months
  • Garden Uses: container, fire wise, specimen, urban garden, woodland garden

At SummerWinds Nursery, we offer the highest quality and widest selection of Japanese maple varieties. Our Trusted Garden Advisors are ready to answer all of your questions and help you select the perfect focal point for your garden.

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