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Types of Japanese Maples

 

 

 

There is no tree alive today that can make a statement in a landscape better than a Japanese maple. There are hundreds of varieties of these maples and each is as brilliant as the next. Coming in so many different colors, shapes and textures, there is bound to be the perfect Japanese maple to fit your area. These trees will not overwhelm a landscape, block out a house or turn into a grass killing shade tree that destroys lawns. The versatility of this tree is also mind blowing, as there are not many trees that also do or look so well in planters.

 

 

These trees are known to be more expensive than traditional trees and this is because of its slow growing nature. Regular maples or fruit trees can grow to 10 foot tall in a few years, minimizing the cost to grow it, where a Japanese maple will take over 10 years to reach the same height.

 

Working in a store here in Atlanta, I have just unloaded hundreds of these amazing trees. Here are just some of the varieties of Japanese maples that you may find at your Home Depot Store.

 

 

Bloodgood Japanese Maple

 

 

This beautiful medium sized tree grows to about 20 feet tall. Its brilliant burgundy palmate leaves display an amazing scarlet fall color. Its dark burgundy, almost black bark still creates an amazing show even when the tree has dropped its leaves in the winter. This tree does well in zones 5 to 8 and prefers full sun to part shade.

 

 

Crimson Queen Laceleaf Japanese Maple

 

 

Laceleaf maples have a weeping shape and are dwarf trees. They are incredibly slow growers typically and like the Bloodgood Maple, it displays brilliant scarlet fall color. This tree does grow to 10 feet tall and does well in zones 5 to 8. It does well in full sun to partial shade in more northern climates but it needs partial shade in more southern climates to protect its delicate leaves from scorching.

 

 

Shishigashari Japanese Maple

 

 

This more compact Japanese maple (12 to 15 feet) has green foliage during the growing season but puts on a brilliant display of purplish red and orange fall color. Its leaves are curly and appear to be heavily serrated. This maple does well in full sun to partial shade and grows well in zones 5 to 8.

 

 

Coral Bark 'Sangokaku' Japanese Maple

 

 

Everything about this tree is unique and different. Its coral colored bark really stands out against its light green leaves in the spring and summer as well as its golden fall foliage. This slow grower does well in zones 5 to 8 and will get 15 to 20 foot tall. It does well in full sun to partial shade up north but would prefer partial shade in more southern climates.

 

 

Emperor Japanese Maple

 

 

This beautiful medium sized tree grows to about 15 feet tall. Its brilliant burgundy palmate leaves display an amazing scarlet fall color. Its dark burgundy, almost black bark still creates an amazing show even when the tree has dropped its leaves in the winter. This tree does well in zones 5 to 8 and prefers full sun to part shade. This tree is similar to the Bloodgood but it grows shorter and because it breaks bud later in the spring, it is more suitable for cooler climates.

 

 

Burgundy Lace Japanese Maple

 

 

This tree is a lower growing upright formed Maple. It has heavily serrated leaves but still not like those of the Laceleaf dissectum varieties. This variety looks amazing poolside or even in a large planter as a specimen plant. This tree likes full sun to partial shade up north but would prefer a little less sun down south.

 

 

Red Dragon Laceleaf Japanese Maple

 

 

Similar to the Crimson Queen, has the same deep burgundy spring and summer foliage but the fall color is a true red color. This dwarf tree grows as slow as other laceleaf trees and will reach its 8ft maturity in 15 years. This tree also does well in zones 5 to 8.

 



Oshi-Beni Japanese Maple

 

 

This upright growing maple has one of the most brilliant spring and summer color and stands out from others. It’s deeply lobed leaves show off an amazing red-orange color during the spring and summer that other maples can only provide in the fall. This tree does well in zones 5 to 8 and will slowly reach a height of 15 to 18 feet tall.




 Inaba Shidare Japanese Maple




This Japanese Maple is slightly more upright than other laceleaf maples. This is a great accent tree around water features, ponds and rock gardens. This trees purple leaves stay well to fall to then change to a brilliant red in fall before losing all its leaves.

 

Varieties differ from region to region but no matter what varieties are in stock, you are sure to find the perfect one for that area in the yard.

 

 

 

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Posted 2016-03-06T17:52:53+0000  by Ingar_HD_ATL Ingar_HD_ATL
 
 

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