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Japanese Maple Trees

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Rich, Vibrant Color From Month to Month.

There's nothing like the iconic Japanese Maple Trees, from their colors and sizes to their one-of-a-kind leaf shape. Exotic good looks define this timeless variety, known for its blazing hues that last for months at a time.

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 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!

How Big Do Japanese Maple Trees Get?

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. But no matter which variety (and size) you choose, you get a smaller silhouette that fits well into any space.

Japanese Maple Tree Shape

How to Plant Japanese Maple Trees

The planting process couldn't be simpler. First, ensure that you've purchased Japanese Maple Trees that will thrive in your growing zone. Then, determine how much sunlight your variety needs - from full sun (6 to 8 hours of sunlight) to partial sun (4 to 6 hours of sunlight) and beyond.

From there, the actual planting process is easy. Dig a hole large enough to accommodate your tree's root ball (with a bit of extra width for room to grow), place your tree, backfill the soil and water to settle. We also recommend mulching the area to conserve moisture.

Japanese Maple Leaf Examples

How to Prune Japanese Maple Trees

Wait until the dormant winter season to prune your Japanese Maple Trees. At this point, you can remove diseased, dead or broken branches, suckers and any competing branches for best growth. Remember to make your cuts with a clean, sterilized pair of shears and cut at a 45-degree angle.

Frequently Asked Questions

Do Japanese Maples like sun or shade?
Japanese Maples can grow in full sun or part shade. However, choosing a more shaded planting area will lead to more vibrant and vivid foliage colors. Any area that receives about 4-8 hours of sunlight per day should suffice. In hotter climates, some afternoon shade is preferable to protect your tree from the harsh sun.

How fast do Japanese Maples grow?
The growth rate of Japanese Maples depends on the specific variety, location, growing conditions, and care of the tree. Most of our Japanese Maples grow at a moderate rate and will need about 2-3 years to become firmly established in your landscape.

Are Japanese Maples hard to grow?
Japanese Maples are known to be tough and adaptable trees but still require proper care and attention. As long as you follow the planting and care info found on each of our variety pages, your Japanese Maples should thrive!