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Most Colorful Maple Trees

most colorful maple trees - autumn leaves

Maple trees are some of the most popular ornamental and shade trees and for good reason. They are easy to grow, requiring little to no maintenance once they are established. They are also exceptionally beautiful. The most colorful maple trees are Japanese maples and red maples. These maple tree varieties have exceptional color throughout the year or in fall. 

Most Colorful Maple Trees

Most Colorful Japanese Maples 

These small maple tree varieties come in upright and weeping forms. Enjoy colorful foliage in spring, summer and fall. Japanese maples can be grown in pots.

 

Upright Japanese Maples

Bloodgood Japanese Maple

Bloodgood Japanese Maple

Acer palmatum 'Bloodgood'

Growing Zones 5-9

Mature Size: 15 to 20 feet tall and wide

This compact ornamental tree offers exciting purples and reds. Enjoy a deep burgundy color in spring and summer and vibrant red in fall. 

 

 

Coral Bark Japanese Maple

Coral Bark Japanese Maple

Acer palmatum 'Sango-kaku'

Growing Zones 5-8

Mature Size: 15 to 25 feet tall and 12 to 15 feet wide

The Coral Bark Japanese Maple provides shade and unique color. It has pink to reddish coral bark and green leaves with red veins and stems. In fall the leaves turn sunny yellow.

 

 

Weeping (Laceleaf, Dissectum, Dwarf) Japanese Maples

Crimson Queen Japanese Maple

Crimson Queen Japanese Maple

Acer palmatum var. dissectum ‘Crimson Queen’

Growing Zones 5-8

Mature Size: 6 to 10 feet tall and 10 to 12 feet wide

This dwarf tree often grows more like a shrub, with branches cascading down to the ground. The striking foliage is lacy and crimson throughout the spring and summer, and a brighter red in fall. 


Orangeola Japanese Maple

Orangeola Japanese Maple

Acer palmatum var. dissectum 'Orangeola'

Growing Zones 5-9

Mature Size: 6 to 8 feet tall and wide

This amazing Japanese Maple has a brilliant orange color in spring and summer with shades of green peeking through in later spring and summer. In fall, you will be dazzled with red and orange hues.


Red Dragon Japanese Maple

Red Dragon Japanese Maple

Acer palmatum var. dissectum 'Red Dragon'

Growing Zones 5-9

Mature Size: 8 feet tall and wide

The Red Dragon has phenomenal red color from spring to fall. The dissectum maples add distinctive and lovely texture to your landscape. This Japanese Maple performs well in containers and is full sun tolerant. 


Tamukeyama Japanese Maple

Tamukeyama Japanese Maple

Acer palmatum var. dissectum 'Tamukeyama'

Growing Zones 5-8

Mature Size: 6 to 8 feet tall and 8 to 12 feet wide

The Tamukeyama is one of the most prized Japanese maple trees. It has rich purple and red hues through the year. Plant this beauty in your rock or meditation garden and ommmmmm.

 

 

Most Colorful Red Maples

Fast growing red maples make excellent shade or street trees. They have fiery autumn leaves that set your landscape ablaze in fall. 


Autumn Blaze Maple

Autumn Blaze Maple

Acer x freemanii

Growing Zones 3-8

Mature Size: up to 50 feet tall and 40 feet wide

This fast growing red maple can grow 3 to 5 feet per year. It has gorgeous orange to crimson red fall color and is disease resistant. 

 

Brandywine Maple Tree

Brandywine Maple Tree

Acer rubrum 'Brandywine'

Growing Zones 4-9

Mature Size: up to 50 feet tall and 40 feet wide

The Brandywine Maple is loaded with stunning red color. This shade tree boasts red blossoms and red-tinted green leaves in spring. In fall, the red wine color is a sight to behold. 


October Glory Maple

October Glory Maple

Acer rubrum ‘October Glory’

Growing Zones 4-9

Mature Size: up to 50 feet tall and 40 feet wide

The October Glory Maple Tree is fast growing and disease and pest resistant. The green leaves turn orange and then true red in fall. 


Red Maple Tree

Red Maple Tree

Acer rubrum

Growing Zones 3-9

Mature Size: up to 60 feet tall and 40 feet wide

The Red Maple is a classic. It is native to the United States, cold hardy, easy to grow, and fast growing. This tree boasts red buds, red blooms, red samaras, reddish twigs in spring, and red leaves in fall. 


Red Sunset Maple

Red Sunset Maple

Acer rubrum 'Franksred'

Growing Zones 4-8

Mature Size: up to 50 feet tall and 40 feet wide

The Sunset Maple is an early leaf color changer. It turns from green to orange and red in fall. This colorful deciduous tree requires no maintenance once it is established and can tolerate wet conditions. 


No matter what maple tree variety you choose, you are sure to have a gorgeous and colorful tree in your landscape for your lifetime and beyond. These hardy trees come in small and large sizes so there is a maple for every yard. Shop our maple trees for sale here! Happy maple planting!


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