Adding Japanese Maples is an excellent way to add color and zen to your landscape. There is a large variety of unique Japanese Maples to choose from. Whether you’re looking for something large and tall for a shade tree or a petite tree for a container the right Japanese Maple exists for the job.
You can select which Japanese Maple is perfect for your landscape based upon colors, sizes, and even leaf shape. These oriental trees have two main leaf shapes, palmatum and disectum. Palmatum leaves have 5-7 wide blades extending from the middle of the leaf, while disectum leaves have 5-7 narrow blades that spread from where the leaf meets its stem. Disectum leaf blades are so narrow that they’re often referred to as lace leaves.
Japanese Maple Tree Shape
Landscapers think outside of the box with Japanese Maples. That’s because they are available in a variety of shapes, including vase like with multiple trunks like the Bloodgood Japanese Maple and weeping like the Viridis Japanese Maple.
Colors of Japanese Maples
You will get more than a splash of color with Japanese maples for multiple seasons. Some varieties have leaves that emerge green before turning shades of bright or dark red. Other Japanese Maples have that emerge from dormancy with dark shades of red that almost seem purple before turning green in the summer and bright red, yellow, or orange in the fall. The Coral Bark Japanese Maple even has a bright red trunk! The colorful possibilities are endless.
Perfect for Containers
While Japanese maples flourish in the ground in zones 5 through 9, they also grow extremely well in containers. There are lot of options when it comes to decorative pots for these trees because they’ll thrive in large planters as well as tiny containers. Japanese Maples are commonly used as bonsai trees because they are very easy to train and keep small. Potted Japanese Maples are the perfect accent pieces for any room in the house, or on the porch or patio because they will decorate spaces with splashes of color for multiple seasons.