Top 10 Japanese Maple Tree Varieties

Japanese maple trees or Acer palmatum are small, unique trees that are great for growing in the ground or in pots. In fact they are the most typical trees used for Bonsai. These mesmerizing trees are treasured by many cultures and add major visual appeal to any landscape. Japanese maples are the perfect trees for small, peaceful landscape sanctuaries like rock, zen, or cottage gardens. Japanese maples grow from USDA zones 5 to 8 or 9. These Japanese maples can all grow in full sun or part shade, but we do recommend some shade for most of these varieties when grown in southern and other warm climates, particularly zones 8 and 9. Buy Japanese maple trees at our online plant nursery.

Bloodgood Japanese Maple

Reaching heights around 15 feet this tree is one of the larger of the Japanese maples. So you get those pretty delicate leaves, but with some nice height to provide some shade for your yard. In spring you may have a couple weeks of green when the new leaves emerge, but these quickly turn into a deep burgundy and brighten to a crimson in fall.


Butterfly Variegated Japanese Maple

This dwarf tree is upright with exciting variegated foliage. Its compact width fits in even the smallest spaces. The Butterfly Japanese maple reaches round 10 feet tall and up to 6 feet wide at maturity.

Crimson Queen Japanese Maple

The Crimson Queen is a stunning red lace leaf Japanese maple. This dwarf tree has a lovely weeping habit and is low branching. The Crimson Queen reaches about 10 feet tall and wide at maturity and is an excellent specimen for containers.

Coral Bark Japanese Maple

This Japanese maple is a petite shade tree with stunning and unique coral colored bark. The Coral Bark Japanese maple grows well in full sun even in warmer climates. Perfect for small yards that need vibrant color and flare, this maple is a lovely focal tree. The Coral Bark is a large Japanese maple tree, sometimes reaching as much as 25 feet.

Emperor One Japanese Maple

Emperor One is an improved variety of upright Japanese Maple that is similar to the classic Bloodgood. This dwarf shade tree offers 3 seasons of rich red to purple color. The Emperor One Japanese maple grows 10 to 15 feet tall and wide at maturity.

Inaba Shidare Lace Leaf Japanese Maple

The Inaba Shidare has amazing purple to red color. At a mere 8 to 10 feet tall and about 12 feet wide at maturity this compact maple tree is perfect size for small yards. This is an excellent Japanese maple for containers.

Orangeola Japanese Maple

The Orangeola is a weeping Japanese maple with amazing orange to red color. Its compact size of 6 to 8 feet tall and wide at maturity fits just about anywhere. This is a perfect lace leaf maple for pots. The heat tolerant Orangeola is one of the best choices for warmer climates.

Red Dragon Japanese Maple

A stunning dwarf maple with red lacy foliage, the Red Dragon is outstanding in containers. It grows to about 8 feet tall and wide at maturity.

Weeping Tamukeyama Japanese Maple

The award winning Tamukeyama lace leaf maple is a compact and hardy variety that is low maintenance. Enjoy 3 seasons of regal red and purple foliage. This Japanese maple has a mature size of 6 to 8 feet tall and 8 to 12 feet wide.

Weeping Viridis Japanese Maple

With fabulous green foliage the Viridis is perfect for complementing red and purple Japanese maple varieties. This cascading dwarf tree is beautiful in containers. The Viridis Japanese maple has a mature size of 6 to 8 feet tall and 8 to 12 feet wide.

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