Japanese Maple Varieties

Japanese Maple Varieties

Japanese Maple Varieties & Growing Information

There are many Japanese maple varieties that do well in the California climate. A dwarf Japanese maple such as the Crimson Queen or Tatoo Japanese maple is ideal for patios or areas where space is limited, while larger varieties such as the Bloodgood maple create an elegant focal point for any yard. Japanese maple varieties also come in a range of colors. The Coral Bark Japanese maple boasts a coral red bark with golden yellow leaves while the Red Dragon Japanese maple produces deep purple leaves.

Please note that selections may vary by location


Japanese Maple Varieties


BloodGood Japanese Maple:

bloodgood japanese maple tree up close on leaves

The blood good maple is a very hardy Japanese maple. Bright red foliage in the spring turns to a deep scarlet in the fall.

  • Botanical: Acer palmatum var. atropurpureum ‘Bloodgood’
  • Size: 15 – 20 ft. tall and wide
  • Sun-Shade: Filtered sun to full sun
  • Garden Uses: Small lawn tree, patios, entryways

Crimson Queen Japanese Maple:

Crimson queen japanese maple tree in full view and up close to see the leaves

This dwarf Japanese maple has weeping branches that are a deep crimson in the summer which change to scarlet in the fall.

  • Botanical: Acer palmatum var. dissectum ‘Crimson Queen’
  • Size: 10 ft tall and wide
  • Sun-Shade: Morning sun, afternoon shade
  • Garden Uses: Fire wise, poolside, woodland garden, specimen garden accent.

Shaina Japanese Maple

shaina japanese maple tree up close

This dwarf Japanese maple is a compact, slow growing tree with bright red clusters of leaves.

  • Botanical: Acer palmatum ‘Shaina’
  • Size: 6ft – 8ft tall, 8ft – 10ft wide
  • Sun-Shade: Morning sun, afternoon shade
  • Garden Uses: small lawn tree, patios, entryways

Waterfall Japanese Maple:

two images of waterfall japanese maple trees one close up and the other in a landscape setting in full view

Golden foliage in the fall, cascading branches and large green leaves. This smaller tree is ideal for containers, patios or other places with limited space.

  • Botanical: Acer palmatum ‘Waterfall’
  • Size: 8ft – 10ft tall, 10ft – 12ft wide
  • Sun-Shade: Morning sun, afternoon shade
  • Garden Uses: poolside, woodland or wild life gardens, containers

Coral Bark Maple, Sangokaku:

sangokaku coral bark japanese maple tree in 3 different phases when it's yellow, turning red in fall and in the spring when it's freshly green

The coral bark Japanese maple has a beautiful reddish, coral bark. Light green leaves with a dark red border that turn a golden yellow in the fall.

  • Botanical: Acer palmatum ‘Sango Kaku’
  • Size: 15 - 20 ft. tall and wide
  • Sun-Shade: Bright dappled shade in warmer regions, full sun in cooler areas
  • Garden Uses: poolside, urban garden and woodland garden areas

Orangeola Japanese Maple

orangeola japanese maple tree

Foliage changes from green to purple and then a brilliant shade of orange-red in the fall. Graceful, arching deciduous tree displaying deeply-lobed, finely-serrated leaves, giving an artistic lacy effect.

  • Botanical: Acer palmatum ‘Orangeola’
  • Size: 4 ft. tall and 3 ft. wide in 10 years; up to 8 ft. tall at maturity.
  • Sun-Shade: Full to partial sun
  • Garden Uses: container, firescaping/firewise, specimen, woodland garden, urban garden

Purple Ghost Japanese Maple

Deep purple-red spring foliage has prominent black veins. Iridescent summer foliage turns green while maintaining purple undertones. Fall foliage is a vibrant garnet-red.

  • Botanical: Acer palmatum ‘Purple Ghost’
  • Size: Slowly reaches 15 ft. tall, 8 ft. wide.
  • Sun-Shade: Full to partial sun
  • Garden Uses: container, firescaping/firewise, specimen, woodland garden, urban garden

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Shin Deshojo Japanese Maple

shindeshojo japanese maple tree

Salmon-red leaves in the spring moves to a green in summer and a screaming orange-scarlet in the fall. This small tree produces intense color year round.

  • Botanical: Acer palmatum ‘Shin Deshojo’
  • Size: 7 – 9 ft. tall and wide
  • Sun-Shade: Partial to full sun
  • Garden Uses: container, fire wise, specimen, urban garden, woodland garden

Shishigashira Japanese Maple

shishigashira japanese maple tree the first image is the tree with green leaves, the second image is in fall when leaves are red, Monrovia image by Doreen Wynja

Heavily curled green leaves give an interesting texture to this compact, shrubby tree. Foliage becomes purple-red with orange-red patterns in fall, is most intense in full sun, and is less likely to sunburn than other varieties. Monrovia photo credit: Doreen Wynja

  • Botanical: Acer palmatum ‘Shishigashira’
  • Size: Slowly reaches 12 to 15 ft. tall, 8 to 10 ft. wide.
  • Sun-Shade: Partial to full sun
  • Garden Uses: container, fire wise, specimen, urban garden, woodland garden

Emperor I® Japanese Maple

emperor one japanese maple tree up close to see the various colors of leaves

A graceful form with black-red bark veiled in dark red foliage that turns a brilliant scarlet in fall

  • Botanical: Acer palmatum 'Wolff'
  • Size: Moderate growing; reaches 15 ft. tall and wide.
  • Partial to full sunMorning sun, Afternoon shade
  • Garden Uses: Container, Firescaping/Fire Wise, Specimen, Urban Garden, Woodland Garden

Trompenburg Japanese Maple

close up of tropenburg japanese maple tree

New leaves are a fiery red in spring, mature to a deep burgundy, then turns to a crimson-red in the fall

  • Botanical: Acer palmatum 'Trompenburg'
  • Size: 16 to 18 ft. tall and wide
  • Sun-Shade: Partial to full sun
  • Garden Uses: Container, Firescaping/Fire Wise, Specimen, Urban Garden, Woodland Garden

Autumn Moon Fullmoon Maple

autumn moon japanese maple tree

An outstanding small tree for city gardens with limited space. New growth unfurls yellow to burnt orange, with underlying tones ranging from orange, salmon and chartreuse for the remainder of the season

  • Botanical: Acer shirasawanum 'Autumn Moon'
  • Size: Slowly reaches 8 to 12 ft. tall, 6 to 8 ft. wide
  • Sun-Shade: Partial to full sun
  • Garden Uses: Container, Privacy Screen, Specimen, Urban Garden, Woodland Garden

Viridis Japanese Maple

Viridis japanese maple tree up close and in full view

Vivid green, finely cut leaves change to beautiful shades of gold and crimson in the fall. Small tree with graceful weeping habit and excellent branching architecture. An excellent accent under larger trees, near a water garden or in container. Thrives in dappled sun.

  • Botanical: Acer palmatum var. dissectum 'Viridis'
  • Size: Slowly reaches 8 to 10 ft. tall, 8 ft. wide.
  • Sun-Shade: Filtered sun, Partial shade, Partial sun
  • Garden Uses: container, specimen, woodland garden

Japanese Maple - Gardening Essentials


Bag of organic SummerWinds Potting Soil

SummerWind Potting Soil

Our SummerWinds Potting Soil has received the CDFA (California Department of Food and Agriculture) seal of approval. Comprised of the very best Natural and Organic ingredients to give your trees, shrubs, perennials, edibles, and more an incredible start in your garden landscape and containers.

  • 1.5 cu ft. Bag
E.B. Stone Organics Azalea, Camellia & Acid Potting or Planting Soil 1.5 cu ft. Bag

Azalea, Camellia & Gardenia Planting Mix

This is a versatile mix that can be used as both a soil amendment or as a ready to use potting soil. Their Planting Mix is a special blend of organic ingredients designed to meet the unique growing needs of most acid-loving plants.

Contains: Aged Fir Bark, Aged Redwood, Sphagnum Peat Moss, Volcanic Pumice, Feather Meal, Gypsum, Bat Guano, Kelp Meal.

  • E.B. Stone Organics
  • 1.5 cu ft. Bag
E.B. Stone Organics Sure Start Fertilizer 4 lb. box

E.B. Stone Organics Sure Start

E.B. Stone Organics Sure Start 4-6-2 is ideal for newly transplanted Japanese Maples. It encourages the development of strong roots. Registered cdfa.

Bag of Redi-Gro Bark Mulch 2 cuft.

Redi-Gro Bark Mulch

A natural forest product for colorful decorative landscaping to spread around your newly planted Japanese Maple tree.  Saves water! | 2 cuft. Bag

Happy Frog Japanese Maple Fertilizer

Happy Frog Japanese Maple Fertilizer

We recommend Happy Frog® Japanese Maple Fertilizer. It is formulated specifically for Japanese Maple Trees, it contains premium ingredients like bat guano, bone meal, feather meal, and other beneficial microbes to help convert fertilizers into vital plant food.

How to use: for every two feet of plant height use 1/2 cup, and feed monthly throughout the growing season.

Wilt Stop RTU

Wilt Stop RTU

Protects plants from drying out, drought, wind burn, sunscald, winter kill, transplant shock and salt damage. Wilt Stop™ also extends life of cut flowers. Great for use year round on deciduous trees, evergreens, shrubs, roses, transplants, vegetables, fruits. Made with natural ingredients.

4 images with different shapes and colors of outdoor pottery including talavera pottery

Outdoor Pottery

We have a beautiful selection of outdoor pottery to contain your Japanese Maple Trees.  Perfect for patios, balcony, pool-side. 


Bonsai

Bonsai

Why not carry that inspiration indoors with Bonsai?

Bonsai

We truly have stunning selection of bonsai to create that focal point in your home. Each of our bonsai comes with a card that provides variety, age and the number of years in training. Find the one that inspires you at SummerWindsPlease note, that Bonsai not available at all locations.

The Art of Bonsai Japanese Maple Maple Care & Facts

At SummerWinds Nursery, we offer the highest quality and widest selection of Japanese maple varieties. Our Trusted Garden Advisors are ready to answer all of your questions and help you select the perfect focal point for your garden.

At SummerWinds Nursery, We Guarantee Success!

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