Favorite Japanese Maples

October 23, 2017

Narrowing down our top 5 favorite Japanese maples was pretty difficult considering there’s so many different varieties of Japanese maples and they’re all so unique. Japanese Maples come in dwarf to upright forms and everything in between and are well suited for our zone. They also come in various colors from red, to green, to purple, and even pink depending on the season. They prefer moist, but well-drained soils and partial or dappled shade. They will benefit from some afternoon sun though, for the best foliage coloring. We chose these Japanese maples for their great coloring and texture.

Baldsmith Japanese Maple (Acer palmatum ‘Baldsmith’)– The delicate, lacy foliage of the Baldsmith Japanese Maple makes an elegant statement in any garden its planted in. New foliage emerges orange-red in Spring and slowly fades to green throughout summer. When fall comes around, leaves turn a bright yellow-orange. Because of its cascading foliage, the Baldsmith Japanese Maple only reaches 4-6 feet tall and 6-8 feet wide making it a good option for smaller spaces.

Baldsmith Japanese Maple (Acer palmatum 'Baldsmith') Photo Courtesy of Garden World

Baldsmith Japanese Maple (Acer palmatum ‘Baldsmith’) Photo Courtesy of Garden World

Tsuma Gaki Japanese Maple (Acer palmatum ‘Tsuma Gaki’)– This smaller Japanese maple gets to be about 10 feet tall by 7 feet wide. In spring it has lime green new growth that is tipped in red. Throughout summer, the red tips will widen and is followed by golden yellow fall color.

Tsuma Gaki Japanese Maple (Acer palmatum 'Tsuma Gaki')

Tsuma Gaki Japanese Maple (Acer palmatum ‘Tsuma Gaki’)

Villa Taranto Japanese Maple (Acer palmatum ‘Villa Taranto’)– With its lacy foliage and mounding, compact growth habit, the Villa Taranto Japanese Maple works great as an elegant focal point in the landscape. New growth is reddish-purple in Spring and matures to green with reddish tips. Fall is spectacular with gold-orange foliage color.

Villa Taranto Japanese Maple (Acer palmatum 'Villa Taranto')

Villa Taranto Japanese Maple (Acer palmatum ‘Villa Taranto’)

Shindeshojo Japanese Maple (Acer palmatum ‘Shindeshojo’)– The Shindeshojo Japanese Maple is one that’s prized for its outstanding spring color. In Spring its leaves are bright reddish-pink and then fade to green in late summer. In fall, foliage has a golden-pink color. This Japanese Maple gets to be about 8-10 feet tall and 6-8 feet wide.

Shindeshojo Japanese Maple (Acer palmatum 'Shindeshojo') Photo Coutesy of Great Plant Picks

Shindeshojo Japanese Maple (Acer palmatum ‘Shindeshojo’) Photo Coutesy of Great Plant Picks

Fireglow Japanese Maple (Acer palmatum ‘Fireglow’)– With its fiery red foliage in Spring and Summer, this Japanese maple stands out in any landscape. In summer, its leaves appear to glow in sunlight and turns burgundy red in fall. The Fireglow is similar to the Bloodgood Japanese Maple but comes in smaller at 6-10 feet tall and 15 feet wide. This Japanese maple can also tolerate more sun exposure than others.

Fireglow Japanese Maple (Acer palmatum 'Fireglow') Photo Courtesy of Fine Gardening

Fireglow Japanese Maple (Acer palmatum ‘Fireglow’) Photo Courtesy of Fine Gardening

As you can see, Japanese maples come in many different forms and sizes and work well in many different situations or conditions. Because of this, they can be a great addition to any garden. Do you have a favorite Japanese maple? Let us know in the comments; we’d love to hear from you!

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