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Japanese maple trees

Our selection of Japanese acers or maple trees, grown for their oriental beauty and autumn colours.

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    Acer palmatum Dissectum

    Acer palmatum Dissectum japanese maple trees
    A good example of the "dissectum" form of Acer palmatum, featuring deeply cut leaves.
    • Height after 10 years: Up to 1.5m / 5ft
    • Leaf colour - autumn: Orange / Red
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    Garnet

    Garnet japanese maple trees
    One of the "dissectum" group of Japanese acers, with feathery purple leaves.
    • Height after 10 years: Up to 1.5m / 5ft
    • Leaf colour - autumn: Multiple tints
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    Orange Dream

    Orange-tinged young leaves turn yellow over the summer, then gold in autumn.
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    • Height after 10 years: 2.5m-3.5m / 8ft-12ft
    • Leaf colour - autumn: Yellow
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    Osakazuki

    Osakazuki japanese maple trees
    A classic Japanese maple, noted for its bright red autumn foliage.
    • Height after 10 years: 2.5m-3.5m / 8ft-12ft
    • Leaf colour - autumn: Orange / Red
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    Sango Kaku

    Sango Kaku japanese maple trees
    Also known as the Coral Bark maple, Sango Kaku features coral red stems which make a strong winter feature.
    • Height after 10 years: 2.5m-3.5m / 8ft-12ft
    • Leaf colour - autumn: Orange / Gold
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    Trompenburg

    Trompenburg japanese maple trees
    An upright tree-like Acer with deeply cut purple leaves which turn fiery red in the autumn.
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    • Height after 10 years: 2.5m-3.5m / 8ft-12ft
    • Leaf colour - autumn: Orange / Red


How to choose Japanese maple trees

The Japanese maples, often known simply as Acers, are nearly all categorised in the species Acer palmatum which is native to Japan and named for the characteristic palm-like leaves. They are best-known for their striking autumn leaf colours, but there are numerous varieties offering interest throughout the year. Almost all of them have a very definite "presence" about them.

Although related to the large maple species which are native to Europe and North America, the Japanese maples are mostly small shrub-like trees. Varieties of this species have been cultivated and improved in Japan for centuries.

They are ideal for the modern garden, taking up very little space whilst offering an enormous range of forms, shapes and colours.

Japanese Acers are mostly easy to grow, needing little maintenance. They prefer good neutral or slightly acidic loamy soils, although alkaline soils are tolerated. They all do best in a sheltered situation.

Most varieties are also very happy to be grown in large pots or planters - use a mix of 3 parts general purpose tree / shrub coarse compost and 1 part ericaceous compost, and make sure there is good drainage.