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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...
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 'Amagi Shigure'
Japanese maple 'Amagi Shigure'
Acer Palmatum 'Amagi Shigure' a slow-growing, upright deciduous tree with bright brick-red leaves with prominent black veins. Autumnal colour is vivid orange, red and purple. Prefers sun / partial shade in well-drained soil. Hardy to -20C. Height: 4-...
Acer palmatum 'Asahi-zuru'
Rising Sun Japanese maple
'Asahi-zuru' is a very pretty tree with leaves emerging mottled mainly pink and cream then varying green, salmon pink and green variegation. Fairly dense in habit giving a very beautiful splash of colour to the garden. Takes on orange and red tone...
Acer palmatum 'Atrolineare'
Japanese maple 'Atrolineare'
Acer palmatum 'Atrolineare' is a beautiful and ubiquitous Japanese maple that is a small deciduous tree native to eastern Asia. It features red, palmate (hand-shaped) leaves that are divided into narrow finger-like lobes. It produces a beautiful spri...
Acer palmatum 'Atropurpureum'
Purple Japanese maple
Acer palmatum 'Atropurpureum' is a small tree of bushy habit, with deep purple leaves divided into about 7 lobes, and becoming red in autumn. Inconspicuous red-purple flowers in spring may be followed by winged, purple fruits. Deciduous. Prefers part...
Acer palmatum 'Beni Kagami'
Japanese Maple 'Beni Kagami', 'Red Mirror' maple
The 'Red Mirror' maple was introduced from the Angyo Maple Nursery, Japan, in 1930 and is one of the larger Japanese maples, having very attractive, dark wine-red colour, seven lobed, deeply incised leaves on red leaf stalks and having tiny red flo...
Acer palmatum 'Bloodgood'
Japanese maple 'Bloodgood'
Acer palmatum 'Bloodgood' is one of the best known red acers, as it is a strong growing, reliable purple-leaved acer. This particular variety makes an excellent focal point in the garden and is a must for the Japanese styled garden. If you are looki...
Acer palmatum 'Enkan'
Japanese maple 'Enkan'
Acer palmatum 'Enkan' is an excellent variety that has fine, feathered dark red leaves that turn a vivid bright shade of red in the autumn with a small compact growth habit. Grows well in a rich moist but well drained humus rich soil in a position s...
Acer palmatum 'Fireglow'
Japanese maple 'Fireglow'
A fairly recent introduction with excellent dark red foliage which holds its colour well throughout the summer, turning a wonderful scarlet red for the autumn. The palmate leaf of 'Fireglow' is slightly thinner than most cultivars which results in ...
Acer palmatum 'Orange Dream'
Japanese maple 'Orange Dream'
Acer palmatum 'Orange Dream' is a vigorous form, with fresh yellow-orange spring growth, turning a beautiful limey-green for the summer. Suitable for all but the hottest parts of the garden, where the foliage is liable to scorch in the strong midsumm...
Acer palmatum 'Osakazuki'
Japanese maple 'Osakazuki'
Acer palmatum 'Osakazuki' is a very well known cultivar, and in our opinion, cannot be beaten for autumn colour, which seemingly becomes more fluorescent and luminous with each day that passes throughout the autumn. Our particular clone has intense s...
Acer palmatum 'Pixie'
Japanese maple 'Pixie'
Acer palmatum 'Pixie' is a dwarf cultivar, with seven lobed, burgandy leaves. Grows into a lovely, leafy mound and takes on wonderful bright tones in full sun. Very happy in a pot and also suitable for the bonsai enthusiast, this is one acer that...
Acer palmatum 'Red Pygmy'
Japanese maple 'Red Pygmy'
A small tree has maroon coloured, wispy, finger-like leaves throughout the summer. In autumn, the attractive foliage takes on startling shades of green, orange, yellow and red.One of the smallest Japanese maple tree varieties, Red Pygmy will reach a ...
Acer palmatum 'Sango kaku'
Japanese maple 'Sango kaku', Coral Bark Maple
Acer palmatum 'Sango kaku' or coral barked maple is well known for it's bright orange-red coloured bark on young branches which creates a pleasing winter feature. During summer it has pale green leaves with a pinkish tinge to the margins which in aut...
Acer palmatum 'Shaina'
Japanese maple 'Shaina'
Acer palmatum 'Shaina' is one of my favourite japanese maples. 'Shaina' has dark purply red leaves which are topped through the growing season by bright pink-red new growth. It was first discovered growing as a witches broom and as such is a very com...
Acer palmatum 'Shindeshojo'
Spring Ruby Tree, Japanese maple
Acer palmatum 'Shindeshojo' is a well known japanese maple for good reason. It is a reliable and rewarding easy to grow acer. The leaves are bright red when they first emerge, the colour fades to a blue-green for the summer before turning to scarlet ...
Acer palmatum 'Skeeter's Broom'
Japanese maple 'Skeeter's Broom'
Discovered by Ed "Skeeter" Rod in Pennsylvania this is a witches broom with the usual twiggy growth but a very vigorous upright habit. The small attractive leaves emerge bright red in spring before turning dark red in summer. This plant holds it's co...
Acer palmatum 'Trompenburg'
Japanese maple 'Trompenburg'
Acer palmatum 'Trompenburg' is a fast growing and very reliable dark purple-leaved Acer. Left to its own devices, it will keep an open, vase-like shape. Almost immediately recognised by the fact that the thinly lobed leaves roll under at the edges g...
Acer palmatum Dissectum 'Crimson Queen'
Japanese maple 'Crimson Queen'
Acer palmatum Dissectum 'Crimson Queen' is perhaps one of the most stunning Japanese maples, having finely dissected red-purple leaves and an cascading mound like growth habit. It's a fairly small Japanese maple reaching around 3 metres in height...
Acer palmatum dissectum 'Garnet'
Japanese maple 'Garnet'
Acer palmatum dissectum 'Garnet' Japanese Maple. A beautiful, small tree with deep orange-red leaves from spring through summer turning a glowing scarlet in autumn. Height 3m. Spread 3m. Plant in light shade and out of strong winds to ensure a hap...
Acer palmatum dissectum 'Orangeola'
Japanese maple 'Orangeola'
Acer palmatum dissectum 'Orangeola' is a breathtaking autumn colour is a mix of reds and oranges and lasts longer than most maples. This is one of the best dissectums for a sunny position and makes a large shrub eventually raching 1.5-2metre with wo...
Acer palmatum dissectum 'Seiryu'
Japanese maple 'Seiryu'
Acer palmatum dissectum 'Seiryu' is an unusual Japanese maple, for the fact that it is the only upright growing dissectum (the others normally having weeping and cascading growth). In the spring, the leaves appear a fresh, bright green with tinges o...
Acer shirasawanum 'Aureum'
Japanese maple 'Aureum', full moon maple
Acer shirasawanum 'Aureum' is a stunning Japanese maple with almost round nine to thirteen lobed leaves which emerge in spring a beautiful pale golden yellow. During summer they mature to a lime green. On mature plants the winged seeds produced in l...