Japanese Maples: Rare & Unique Varieties for 2020
A garden favorite in colors to suit most landscape designs, our nurseries will offer over 30 varieties of rare and unique Japanese Maples this season. Known for their diverse foliage color and characteristics: green, red, pink, variegated, serrated, or lace-like—and all displaying beautiful fall color. Prefers morning sun, afternoon shade in our area.
Use our list, and the advice from our garden gurus, as a guide to find the right Japanese Maple to fit your landscape.
Acer japonicum 'Aconitifolium’ – 8-10ft tall x 15-20ft wide. Also known as the Fernleaf Fullmoon Maple. Compact, rounded habit. Dark green, deeply cut, toothed leaves turn tones of red, orange, and gold in fall.
Acer palmatum ‘Amber Ghost’ – 8-10ft tall x 8-10ft wide. Upright, symmetrical growth habit. Deeply cut leaves emerge pink, mature to amber with green veins in summer and turn red-orange in the fall.
Acer palmatum ‘Arakawa’ – 12-15ft tall x 10-12ft wide. Known as the rough bark maple because it has unique corky bark. Upright growth habit develops cracks, creases and fissures giving it an aged look, even when young. Fantastic fall color with leaves turning bright orange and red.
Acer shirasawanum ‘Autumn Moon’ – 10-12ft tall x 8-10ft wide, leaves in spring are a mixture of yellow and burnt orange. Fall foliage is yellow-orange.
Acer palmatum dissectum ‘Baby Lace’ – 4-6ft tall x 3-5ft wide. Upright,
spreading habit. Palmate, lace-like, curly foliage emerges pink, orange-red, or green; matures to bronze-green in summer and turns scarlet in fall.
Acer palmatum dissectum ‘Baldsmith’ – 5-6ft tall x 6-8ft wide. Unique dwarf specimen with a spreading, slightly pendulous form. Multi-colored foliage throughout the season in shades of pink, red, orange, and chartreuse. Yellow-orange foliage in fall.
Acer palmatum ‘Bihou’ – 10-12ft tall x 8-10ft wide, known for its beautiful yellowish-white bark in winter. Chartreuse leaves edged with red emerge in spring. Beautiful yellow and orange in fall before leaf drop. Exceptional collectors’ specimen.
Acer palmatum ‘Bonfire’ – 5-7ft tall x 4-6ft wide. Short and stocky dwarf growth habit. Foliage has brilliant crimson tones in spring, slowly turning to bronze-green in summer.
Acer japonicum ‘Fairy Lights’ – 6-8ft tall x 3-4ft spread, slow-growing variety with an upright dwarf growth habit. Green spring foliage has very finely dissected leaves; fall color is a mosaic of yellow, orange and red.
Acer palmatum ‘Fireglow’ – 8-10ft tall x 10-12ft wide with an upright growth pattern. Foliage is a brilliant red, brighter than ‘Bloodgood’ with a similar growth habit.
Acer palmatum ‘Geisha Gone Wild’ – 5-6ft tall x 2-3ft wide. Small, slow-growing, upright tree with pretty variegated foliage. Greenish-purple leaves display uneven pink and cream margins, turning purple-orange in fall.
Acer palmatum ‘Hefner’s Red’ – 12-15ft tall x 4-5ft wide. Upright, vase-shaped habit, known for excellent heat tolerance. Foliage emerges bright red, maturing to deep-burgundy. Foliage color holds well through summer heat, turning to bright scarlet in fall.
Acer palmatum ‘Kamagata’ – 4-6ft tall x 4-6ft wide. Upright, rounded growth habit. Finely cut, elegant bright green leaves emerge rosy pink in spring; golden yellow fall color.
Acer palmatum ‘Kuro Hime’ – 5ft tall x 3ft wide. Dwarf tree with a compact, upright habit. Small leaves emerge green with pink-red margins in spring, turning burgundy-red, green and purple in fall.
Acer palmatum ‘Manyo No Sato’ – 6-8ft tall x 4-6ft wide. Semi-dwarf tree with a
dense, rounded habit. Deeply cut leaves emerge purple with lime green margins, maturing to light green with pink hues, turning orange in fall.
Acer shirasawanum ‘Mikado’ – 8-10ft tall x 6-7ft wide. Also known as the Mikado
Full Moon Maple. Upright, slightly spreading form. Bronze-plum foliage with yellow veins in spring, with striking orange-red color in fall.
Acer palmatum ‘Mikazuki – 8-10ft tall x 5-7ft wide. Deeply cut, narrow leaves emerge pink with white and green interlacing lines, maturing to orange with green veins.
Acer shirasawanum ‘Moonrise’ – 10-12ft tall x 5-6ft wide. Also known as the Fullmoon Maple. Broad, rounded form. Known for more heat tolerance than other
Fullmoon Maples. Foliage emerges pink-red, maturing to chartreuse with pink-red
highlights. Fall color is bright orange to deep red.
Acer palmatum ‘Pixie’ – 5-7ft tall x 5-7ft wide. Slow-growing variety with dense, upright, compact growth habit. ‘Pixie’ has been called the dwarf ‘Bloodgood’. Crimson leaves in spring, maturing to a deep burgundy.
Acer palmatum ‘Purple Ghost’ – 8-15ft tall x 8-10ft wide. Slow growing variety with an upright, spreading habit. Palmate, serrated, deep purple-red leaves with prominent dark veins, mature to green in summer and turn fiery red to orange in fall. Bark is white.
Acer palmatum ‘Radiant’ – 8ft tall x 5ft wide. Upright habit. Foliage emerges green with soft pink margins that mature to cream; fall color is red. Winter bark is striped green and pink.
Acer palmatum ‘Rhode Island Red’ – 6ft tall x 5ft wide. Upright, rounded growth
habit. Great for small gardens or containers. Bright red leaf color in spring, deepening in summer, turns orange-red in fall. Tolerates some sun but best with
afternoon shade in hot climates.
Acer palmatum ‘Shishigashira’ – 12-15ft tall x 8-10ft wide. Low-growing, slightly spreading form. Heavily curled green leaves give a unique and interesting
texture. Fall color ranges from red to yellow and purple-bronze.
Acer palmatum dissectum ‘Spring Delight’ – 6-8ft tall x 6-10ft wide with a compact, weeping habit. Palmate, dissected, lace-like foliage emerges green, edged in red; matures to solid green in summer and turns orange-red in fall.
Acer palmatum ‘Summer Gold’ – 8-12ft tall x 8-12ft wide. Slow-growing variety
with an upright growth habit. Palmate leaves emerge bright green, mature to
golden yellow in summer and turn coral-orange and red in fall.
Acer palmatum ‘Tobiosho’ – 20ft tall x 15ft wide. Moderate grower with a broad, upright habit. One of the best fall color selections starts with gold and orange, maturing to a brilliant scarlet.