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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.
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 'Asahi-zuru'
Rising 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 'Jerre Schwartz'
'Jerre Schwartz' is wonderful, dwarf Japanese Maple has distinctive, deeply lobed leaves that emerge a bright pink red, before turning darker maroon then green as the leaf matures. Fresh growth in the red shades adds interest through the growing se...
Acer palmatum 'Ki-hachijo'
Named after a tropical Island south of Tokyo, this wonderful small tree has leaves emerging a gorgeous bright green then turning dark green in summer before giving a fabulous display of orange and gold in the autumn. Has a rounded shape to the crow...
Acer palmatum 'Pheonix'
Acer palmatum 'Pheonix' is a very exciting small cultivar of Japanese Maple, the deeply lobed leaves emerging bright pink with distinctive green veins on young fresh red shoots. The leaves turn green with red edges in summer before turning yellow, ...
Acer palmatum '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 '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 '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 '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 dissectum '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...