Combining Japanese Maples for long-lasting color impact

Acer palmatum, Acer palmatum dissectum, Acer shirasawanum, Plant Combinations, Spring Combinations, Summer Combinations, Fall Combinations

  • Acer palmatum, Acer palmatum dissectum, Acer shirasawanum, Plant Combinations, Spring Combinations, Summer Combinations, Fall Combinations

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.


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While every effort has been made to describe these plants accurately, please keep in mind that height, bloom time, and color may differ in various climates. The description of these plants has been written based on numerous outside resources.

Guide Information

Hardiness 5 – 9  
Heat Zones 2 – 8
Climate Zones 2, 3, 4, 5, 6, 7, 8, 9, 10, 12, 14, 15, 16, 17, 18, 19, 20, 21, 22, 23, 24
Plant TypeShrubs, Trees
Plant FamilyAcer - Maples
ExposureFull Sun, Partial Sun
Season of Interest Spring (Early, Mid, Late)
Summer (Early, Mid, Late)
Fall
Winter
Water NeedsAverage
MaintenanceLow
Soil TypeChalk, Clay, Loam, Sand
Soil PhAcid, Neutral
Soil DrainageMoist but Well-Drained
CharacteristicsShowy
ToleranceRabbit
Landscaping Ideas Beds and Borders, Patio and Containers, Small Gardens
Garden Styles City and Courtyard, Gravel and Rock Garden, Informal and Cottage, Japanese Garden, Traditional Garden

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