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.  Please note that not all varieties may be available at all locations.

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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

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

Emperor I® Japanese Maple

Emperor 1 Japanese Maple

A graceful form with black-red bark veiled in dark red foliage that turns a brilliant scarlet in fall

  • Botanical: Acer palmatum 'Wolff'
  • Type: Deciduous tree
  • Size: Moderate growing; reaches 15 ft. tall and wide.
  • Partial to full sunMorning sun, Afternoon shade
  • Watering: Water regularly - weekly, or more often in extreme heat or containers.
  • Garden Uses: Container, Firescaping/Fire Wise, Specimen, Urban Garden, Woodland Garden

Trompenburg Japanese Maple

Trompenburg Japanese Maple

New leaves are a fiery red in spring, mature to a deep burgundy, then turns to a crimson-red in the fall

  • Botanical: Acer palmatum 'Trompenburg'
  • Type: Deciduous tree
  • Size: 16 to 18 ft. tall and wide
  • Sun-Shade: Partial to full sun
  • Watering: Water regularly - weekly, or more often in extreme heat or containers
  • Garden Uses: Container, Firescaping/Fire Wise, Specimen, Urban Garden, Woodland Garden

Autumn Moon Fullmoon Maple

Autumn Moon Fullmoon Maple

An outstanding small tree for city gardens with limited space. New growth unfurls yellow to burnt orange, with underlying tones ranging from orange, salmon and chartreuse for the remainder of the season

  • Botanical: Acer shirasawanum 'Autumn Moon'
  • Type: Deciduous tree
  • Size: Slowly reaches 8 to 12 ft. tall, 6 to 8 ft. wide
  • Sun-Shade: Partial to full sun
  • Watering: Water regularly - weekly, or more often in extreme heat or containers
  • Garden Uses: Container, Privacy Screen, Specimen, Urban Garden, Woodland Garden

Velvet Viking™ Japanese Maple

Velvet Viking

Rich, red, deeply dissected foliage holds its color throughout the growing season, developing more vibrant red tones in the fall. A lacy, delicate appearance yet exceptionally tough and cold tolerant

  • Botanical: Acer palmatum var. dissectum 'Monfrick'
  • Type: Deciduous tree
  • Size: Slow growing dwarf tree; reaches 3 ft. tall, 4-5 ft. wide in 15 years
  • Sun-Shade: Partial to full sun
  • Watering: Water regularly - weekly, or more often in extreme heat or containers
  • Garden Uses: Container, Firescaping/Fire Wise, Poolside, Specimen, Urban Garden, Woodland Garden

Fernleaf Full-Moon Maple

 Fernleaf Full-Moon Maple

Graceful, rounded, small tree with spectacular, deeply cut, dark green leaves that turn a rich ruby-crimson color in autumn.

  • Botanical: Acer japonicum 'Aconitifolium'
  • Type: Deciduous tree
  • Size: Slowly reaches 8 to 12 ft. tall, 15 ft. wide
  • Sun-Shade: Partial to full sun
  • Watering: Water regularly - weekly, or more often in extreme heat or containers
  • Garden Uses: Container, Firescaping/Fire Wise, Privacy Screen, Specimen, Urban Garden, Woodland Garden

Ribbon-Leaf Japanese Maple

Ribbon-leaf Japanese Maple

The finger-like foliage of this small tree emerges red in spring, transitions to bronze-red and green in summer, then turns brilliant red and orange in fall

  • Botanical: Acer palmatum 'Atrolineare'
  • Type: Deciduous tree
  • Size: Slowly reaches 10 to 12 ft. tall and wide
  • Sun-Shade: Partial shade to full sun
  • Watering: Water regularly - weekly, or more often in extreme heat or containers
  • Garden Uses: Container, Specimen, Urban Garden, Woodland Garden

Osakazuki Japanese Maple

Osakazuki Japanese Maple

An excellent small specimen tree with bright green leaves that emerge olive-orange in spring, and turn a brilliant crimson red in the fall

  • Botanical: Acer palmatum 'Osakazuki'
  • Type: Deciduous tree
  • Size: Moderate growing; reaches 20 to 25 ft. tall and wide
  • Sun-Shade: Partial to full sun
  • Watering: Water regularly - weekly, or more often in extreme heat or containers
  • Garden Uses: Firescaping/Fire Wise, Specimen, Urban Garden, Woodland Garden

Burgundy Lace Japanese Maple

Burgundy Lace Japanese Maple

Graceful accent tree with finely-serrated, brilliant burgundy-red leaves on an upright, gracefully-branched form

  • Botanical: Acer palmatum var. atropurpureum 'Burgundy Lace'
  • Type: Deciduous tree
  • Size: Small, open-branched tree, grows to 10 to 12 ft. tall and wide
  • Sun-Shade: Partial shade to full sun
  • Watering: Water deeply and regularly- weekly, or more often in extreme heat
  • Garden Uses: Container, Firescaping/Fire Wise, Poolside, Specimen, Urban Garden, Woodland Garden

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Happy Frog Japanese Maple Fertilizer

Happy Frog Japanese Maple Fertilizer

We recommend Happy Frog® Japanese Maple Fertilizer. It is formulated specifically for Japanese Maple Trees, it containes premium ingredients like bat guano, bone meal, feather meal, and other beneficial microbes to help convert fertilizers into vital plant food.

How to use: for every two feet of plant height use 1/2 cup, and feed monthly throughout the growing season.

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