Native to Japan, Korea and China, Japanese Maples (Acer palmatum) include a rich variety of deciduous shrubs or small trees with graceful habits, elegantly cut leaves and extraordinarily colorful foliage, particularly in the fall when the leaves warm up to dazzling shades of golden-yellow, red-purple and bronze, before shedding to the ground.
While we generally do not think of Japanese Maples as flowering trees (although they do flower in spring, but their blossoms are not showy from a distance), their incredibly colorful foliage and interesting leaf shapes more than offset their lack of blossoms. They display their tremendous bold greens, brilliant reds, glowing oranges or burgundy colors for weeks, adding breathtaking beauty to the landscape.
Prized by gardeners for their lacy texture and spectacular fall colors, some varieties of Japanese Maples enjoy sumptuous spring colors too. Combining both types of Japanese Maples would extend their colorful impact in the garden and provide double the pleasure.