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Great Japanese Maples with Stunning Spring Color

Acer palmatum

  • Acer, Acer palmatum, acer palmatum dissectum, Japanese Maple, Winter bark, Spring foliage, spring color

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 fall when the leaves warm up to dazzling shades of golden-yellow, red-purple and bronze, before shedding to the ground.

Did you know that some varieties of Japanese Maples enjoy terrific spring colors too? Their lush, bright new leaves emerge with a variety of hues we usually expect in fall and create a spectacle of vibrant leaf color in the bleak landscape. If you are an unconditional lover of Japanese Maples, you may want to combine these spring cultivars with other varieties or species that possess stunning features to obtain a bold effect through multiple seasons. 

Here is a list of Acers that will help you create wonderful spring scenes and let you enjoy the season in a fabulous 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 (Early, Mid, Late)
Water NeedsAverage
MaintenanceLow
Soil TypeChalk, Clay, Loam, Sand
Soil PHAcid, Neutral
Soil DrainageMoist but Well-Drained
CharacteristicsShowy
ToleranceRabbit
Garden Styles Informal and Cottage, Japanese Garden, Traditional Garden

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