Great Japanese Maples with Striking Coral Bark

Acer palmatum

  • Acer, Acer palmatum, acer palmatum dissectum, Japanese Maple, Winter bark, Coral Bark Maples, Coral Bark Acers, Maples with wintert interest

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 spring or fall when the leaves warm up to dazzling shades of golden-yellow, red-purple and bronze, before shedding to the ground. As they fall, they expose the bright, coral red bark on young twigs and branches of some Japanese Maple cultivars, adding a much needed splash of color in the winter landscape.

Belonging to the 'Coral Bark group', these Japanese Maples are all outstanding four-season trees that are treasured by all gardeners as they grace the landscape. A must for those who appreciate winter bark interest!

Here is a list of Acers that will help you create beautiful winter scenes and let you enjoy the winter season in a beautiful new way.

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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 (Mid, Late)
Summer (Early, Mid, Late)
Water NeedsAverage
Soil TypeChalk, Clay, Loam, Sand
Soil PhAcid, Neutral
Soil DrainageMoist but Well-Drained
Garden Styles Informal and Cottage, Japanese Garden, Traditional Garden

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