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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 griseum, also called by the name of paperbark maple, has green leaves above but frosty blue-green to gray-green with fine hairs beneath. Fall colour varies, typically ranging from showy shades of orange and red to shades of reddish-green to bron...
Acer japonicum 'Aconitifolium'
Acer japonicum 'Acontifolium' is just a beautiful, spreading japanese maple, with deeply cut leaves which emerge a very pale green in the spring before turning a dark green for the summer. The autumn colours are amazing, between scarlet red and dark ...
Acer japonicum 'Vitifolium'
Acer japonicum 'Vitifolium' is just a beautiful, spreading japanese maple, with broad, fan shaped leaves with 10 - 12 lobes emerging a very pale green in the spring before turning a dark green for the summer. the leaves turn orange and red in the aut...
Acer palmatum '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 maiko'
Acer palmatum 'Beni maiko' a medium sized shrub-like japanese maple with brilliant scarlet new leaves in spring. In Japanese it's name translates to 'red haired dancing girl' which rather wonderfully descibes it on a sunny spring day with its wonder...
Acer palmatum '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 'Butterfly'
Japanese maple. A upright tree with grey-green leaves, margined white and pink. Height 3m. Spread 1.4m. Deciduous. Foliage colour Green, Grey. Hardy. Sheltered Site. Planting instructions Back-fill with soil mixed with peat and a suitable fetiliser....
Acer palmatum 'Katsura'
Acer palmatum 'Katsura' is a medium-sized maple, it is one of the earliest to come into leaf with a delightful display of gold and orange glowing leaves turning to light green throughout the summer but retaining orange edges to the leaves. Fairly up...
Acer palmatum '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'
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 '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 Dissectum 'Viridis'
Acer palmatum Dissectum 'Viridis' Position: Dappled sun to part shade out of cold, drying winds - especially coastal winds Soil: all soils, but avoid waterlogged areas very dry soils will need extra watering Eventual Size: up to metres, but can be ...
Acer palmatum dissectum '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'
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...