Who doesn’t love and respect the beauty of the Japanese maple. They are cherished by many homeowners because of their ever changing beauty throughout the growing season. From their brilliant crimson growth in the spring until they put on their autumn show with golden-oranges and reds, you will love this maple.
There are basically two types of Japanese maples. The first type is referred to as Dissectum, also known as weeping or lace leaf. The other type is called Palmatum, also known to be an upright type of tree.
The lace leaf varieties prefer less direct sun and wind as palmatum types. The leaves are a little more delicate do to the thickness of the leaf and the width of the leaf.
The following Japanese maples are worth considering and will definitely be a wonderful addition to your landscape.
This maple is a true weeping Japanese maple and definitely merits attention. Its weeping habit is extremely unique and attractive showing off its beautiful coat of green layered foliage. But the real show starts in the fall as its foliage turns brilliant shades of golden- orange and stunning reds. Ryusen will certainly add a wonderful look to your landscape.
This specimen is truly unique and will surely be a hit for the true admirer of Japanese maples. Autumn Moon is well behaved in the terms of overall height and width. You can expect it to reach 6′ tall and spread about 3′ wide. ‘Autumn Moon’ isn’t a fast grower but you’ll fall in love with its foliage. In the spring it’s leaves emerge light green and some a pale yellow. Watch as the season progresses you’ll witness the yellow hues of the foliage turning to a glowing orange color that lasts throughout the season. Autumn Moon puts on a great show in the fall displaying shades of yellow, orange, and red. The more sun exposure, the longer its orange color will stay. Zone 5-9
Height 6 feet Spread 3-4 feet Hardiness Zone 5-8
A very unique Japanese maple because it’s a dissectum that grows upright whereas the other dissectums take on more of a weeping or cascading growth habit. In my opinion, ‘Seiryu’ is one of the best looking Japanese maples available. Its structure and shape are beautiful and that has a lot to do with its multi branched laterals. Seiryu’s fall colors are incredible and you will not be disappointed!
Height 15-20 feet Spread 12-15 feet Hardiness Zone 5-8
Twombleys Red Sentinal
Talk about a beauty, in early spring Twombley Red’s foliage flushes out a stunning crimson red which gradually turns to a burgundy shade. This tree holds its color extremely well throughout the year and its upright narrow growth habit makes it a must have for areas in the landscape where there are space constraints.
Height 10-12 feet Spread 4-5 Feet Hardiness Zone 5-8
Where to Plant a Japanese Maple Tree
Being successful with Japanese maples depends on location in respect to how much sun it gets daily. Protection from late afternoon and evening sun will reduce leaf scorch, sun scald and control the amount of watering necessary to keep the soil cool and moist.
Most Japanese Maples prefer morning sun and afternoon shade. Planting on the north or east side of your home will provide the best environment for Japanese Maples. Try to avoid locations that are nothing but full sun all day. Japanese Maples can live in that environment, but usually leaf scorch will occur when temperatures rise above 90 degrees and the sun is shining directly on them.