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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 palmatum 'Akane'
Acer shirasawanum 'Aureum'
  Acer palmatum Acer japonicum Acer palmatum Acer shirasawanum
  semi-dwarf, spreading habit large bushy habit vibrant new orange growth upright, golden leaves
  deep summer colours fine autumn colour compact semi-dwarf form fantastic summer colour

Acer shirasawanum 'Autumn Moon'

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

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