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Acer, Acer palmatum, acer palmatum dissectum, Japanese Maple, Winter bark, Spring foliage, spring color, Fall color, Fall Foliage, Drama Trees

Add Drama in Your Garden With Terrific Japanese Maples

While all Japanese Maples are beautiful and provide a fabulous architectural presence, in the garden or in containers, some enjoy particularly outstanding features such as dramatic foliage, long-lasting striking leaf color, unusual leaf shape or striking winter bark. The eye can never pass lightly over the dazzling color presented by their flaming foliage across seasons or the graceful outlines of their brilliant coral twigs and branches.

Camellias

Queens of the winter flowers, Camellias are attractive evergreen shrubs that are highly prized for the beauty of their exquisite blooms, their splendid evergreen foliage and their compact shapely habit. Blooming prodigiously for weeks from fall to spring (depending on climate and variety), when the rest of the garden offers little, Camellias are ranked as one of the very best flowering shrubs

Prunus serrulata (Japanese Flowering Cherry)

Incredibly pretty when in full bloom, the Japanese flowering cherry, Prunus serrulata, is primarily grown for its profuse and showy spring blossoms in early or mid spring. Depending on cultivars, the flowers may come in various shades of white and pink and may be single, semi-double or double.

Prunus x subhirtella (Higan Cherry)

A remarkable flowering cherry tree, Higan cherry, Prunus x subhirtella, is a landscape tree with multi-season interest. Prized for its profuse blooms in early or mid spring, it is also noted for its sporadic blossoms in fall during warm days - a rare  treat!

Prunus x yedoensis (Yoshino Cherry)

Regarded one of the most spectacular of flowering trees, the Yoshino cherry, Prunus x yedoensis, is highly celebrated for its thousands of showy, almond-scented blossoms coming out all at once along its bare branches in early spring and then quickly falling..

Prunus pendula (Weeping Cherry)

Prunus pendula is an ornamental weeping cherry tree that has been cultivated in Japan for many centuries. The elegant beauty of its thin and supple branches lead them to gracefully weep, sometimes almost kissing the ground.

Acer palmatum (Japanese Maple)

Native to Japan, Korea and China, Acer palmatum is a species to which most Japanese Maples belong. It includes 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.

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

Great Japanese Maples with Striking Coral Bark

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

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

Great Japanese Maples with Stunning Spring Color

Some varieties of Japanese Maples enjoy terrific spring colors. 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 fall cultivars that possess stunning features to obtain a bold effect through multiple seasons. 

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

Plant Combination Ideas with Japanese Maples

Japanese Maples can adapt to a wide range of cultural situations. Easy to plant, they are shallow rooted and not serious competitors with companion shrubs.

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

Combining Japanese Maples for long-lasting color impact

Combine Japanese Maples with multiple seasons of interest, forms, leaf shapes or colors will extend their colorful impact in the garden and provide double the pleasure.

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

Companion Plants for your Japanese Maples

A single Japanese Maple placed in a prominent place attracts attention from every part of the garden. While extraordinarily good-looking on their own, Japanese Maples however, look more charming when planted with companion plants. Well-behaved, they make perfect partners with other plants and help create strikingly beautiful combinations in the garden.

Small Azaleas, Small Rhododendrons, Small Deciduous Azaleas, Small Evergreen Azaleas, Rock Gardens

Beautiful Azaleas and Rhododendrons for Rock Gardens

Azaleas and Rhododendrons are highly popular ornamental shrubs that can be very impressive in the rock garden. Mixed with herbaceous perennials or combined with other small woody plants, they help create a beautiful tapestry of shape, flower and foliage color.

Camellia sasanqua

Camellia sasanqua is one of the loveliest fall flowers, graceful in form, tender in color and pleasing in fragrance. As summer fades and the leaves begin to turn, this camellia opens, with aplomb, the camellia season.

Camellia japonica (Japanese Camellia)

Camellia japonica is the predominant species of the genus and counts over 30 000 cultivars in a wide array of flower forms and colors. Its shapely habit, handsome, glossy foliage and fabulous flowers have attracted gardeners for hundreds of years in Japan, China and Korea.

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