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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 'Yezo Nishiki'
Wonderful vivid purple leaves that hold their colour throughout the summer then turn scarlet in the autumn. A small tree with a rounded habit. Place in sun or dappled shade in a sheltered position.Common Names: Japanese maple 'Yezo Nishiki'...
Acer palmatum Dissectum '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 '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'
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...
Acer shirasawanum 'Yasemin'
Acer shirasawanum 'Yasemin' Common Names: Japanese maple 'Yasemin' ...