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There are more than 1000 different cultivars of Japanese maples, ensuring a huge range of leaf colours, shapes and sizes. The term 'Japanese maple' tends to incorporate the species Acer palmatum, Acer japonicum and Acer shirasawanum, each type having very distinct characteristics.

Japanese maples are actually very easy to care for as long as you follow a few basic rules (To read more about growing and maintaining a Japanese maple, click here: Big Plant Nursery Guide to growing Japanese maples) such as watering, finding the correct site and soil type. Below are listed our most popular Japanese maples with descriptions of each type; if you find that you are uncertain as to which cultivar to go for, then please contact the nursery and any of our members of staff will be able to help.

For further information on growing Japanese maples, please have a look at our Frequently Asked Questions about Japanese maples.

We have not listed our full range of Japanese maples, as some varieties we only have in small numbers, so if there is a particular plant you are looking for just let us know and we will see what we can do!

Acer palmatum 'Ariadne'
Acer japonicum 'Aconitifolium'
Acer shirasawanum 'Aureum'

Acer shirasawanum 'Autumn Moon'

  Acer palmatum Acer japonicum Acer shirasawanum
  semi-dwarf, spreading habit large bushy habit upright, golden leaves Stunning year round colours
  deep summer colours fine autumn colour fantastic summer colour compact bushy habit
Acer palmatum 'Beni-maiku
Acer palmatum 'Bloodgood'
Acer palmatum dissectum'Crimson Queen'
Acer palmatum dissectum 'Emerald Lace'
  Characteristic bright deep pink in spring Characteristic Fire engine red in autumn Feature scarlet autumn colours Feature delicate fine foliage
  Characteristic Hardy, easy to grow Characteristic one of the hardiest Feature arching habit, robust Feature elegant weeping habit
Acer palmatum 'Katsura'
Acer palmatum 'Little Princess'
Acer palmatum 'Orange Dream'
Acer palmatum 'O-kagami'
  Feature year round colour, easy Feature yellow and gold autumn colour Feature orange/pale green leaves Feature large purple leaves
  Feature vigourous, small dainty leaves Feature lovely red tinged summer foliage Feature compact tree-like form Feature hardy, good autumn colour
Acer palmatum 'Osakazuki'
Acer palmatum Red Emperor
Acer palmatum 'Sangu-Kaku'
Acer palmatum dissectum 'Seiryu'
  Feature luminous pink in autumn Feature strong reds even in summer. Feature bright red stems Feature upright habit, feathery foliage
  Feature upright habit, vigourous Feature hardy, easy to grow Feature orange-yellow autumn colour Feature orange-yellow autumn colour
Acer palmatum 'Skeeter's Broom'
Acer palmatum 'Shaina Acer palmatum 'Shindeshojo' Acer palmatum 'Shirazz'
  Feature red, red-maroon, ruby red Feature very compact habit Feature bright pink-red spring growth Feature pink-cream variegation
  Feature compact, upright, multi-stemmed Feature deep burgandy reds Feature dense bushy habit Feature compact arching habit
  Acer palmatum 'Shishigashira'
Acer palmatum 'Sumi-nagashi
Acer palmatum 'Ueno-yama'
Acer plamatum 'Wilson's Pink Dwarf'
  Feature fine autumn colour Feature large burgandy-red leaves Feature brilliant spring colour Feature one of the brightest pink spring growth
  Feature dense bushy shrub Feature fast growing, hardy Feature vigorous and hardy tree Feature compact habit

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