Botanical Name: Acer palmatum Add
Common Name: Japanese Maple  
Plant photo of: Acer palmatum
  • Anatomy

  • Culture

  • Design

Plant Type

Tree, Shrub


Height Range

1-3', 3-6', 6-12', 12-25', 25-40'


Flower Color

Green, White


Flower Season



Leaf Color

Bronze, Green, Dark Green, Light Green, Yellow Green, Orange, Red, Yellow, Variegated


Bark Color

Brown, Green, Grey, Red, Striped, Tan


Fruit Color

Orange, Red


Fruit Season

Summer, Fall


Full, Half, Shade



Medium, Extra in Summer


Growth Rate



Soil Type

Sandy, Loam


Soil Condition

Average, Rich, Well-drained


Soil pH

Acid, Neutral


Adverse Factors


Design Styles

Formal, Japanese, Meadow, Water Garden, Woodland


Accenting Features

Fall Color, Multi-trunk Tree, Silhouette, Specimen, Unusual Foliage, Unusual Shape


Seasonal Interest

Winter, Spring, Summer, Fall


Location Uses

Entry, Foundation, Lawn, Patio, Raised Planter, With Rocks


Special Uses

Container, Naturalizing, Small Spaces


Attracts Wildlife

Birds, Wildlife

Information by:
Photographer: Normans/Syrek/Connon
  • Description

  • Notes

This magnificient plant can used as a small tree or shrub. It is deciduous with graceful leaves which have a scarlet color in spring as it leafs out. They turn orange or yellow in fall. It is slow growing to 20', and requires shelter from hot winds. The leaves of this tree are small, light green in color, and deply lobed. It should also be noted that the tree remains spectacular throughout all seasons. Second picture by Steve Mullany.
During the dormant season, corrective pruning may be performed . For a constant moisture supply, restore mulch and water. Be sure to plant in strong organic soils. This Maple combines well with Rhododendrons, ferns, hosta, and spring bulbs.