Acer palmatum

Japanese maple

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Key information

Plant type

Deciduous tree

Flower colour

Red, Purple


Autumn colour, Dramatic foliage



Skill level


Acer palmatum

Plant details

Acer palmatum is a deciduous, woody shrub native to parts of Asia and Russia. There are many garden-worthy cultivars available, which have been bred for their leaf shapes and colours.

There are many cultivars to choose from, suitable for a range of situations. Most of them put on a spectacular autumn display as the leaves change dramatic shade of yellow, orange and red before falling. 

For best results, grow Acer palmatum in partial shade, and protect it from the harshest winds, which may cause leaf scorch.

Family: Aceraceae

Genus: Acer

Species: palmatum

Plant type: Deciduous tree

Flower colour: Red, Purple

Foliage colour: Mid-green, Golden

Feature: Autumn colour, Dramatic foliage

Sun exposure: Partial shade

Soil: Well-drained/light, Acidic, Boggy

Hardiness: Hardy

Skill level: Experienced

Height: 600cm

Spread: 300cm

Flowering period: April to May

Reader reviews


over the last two years my japanese acers leaves have not turned red during the autumn.But when i bought the tree a few years back the leaves did turn red during the first autumn.Otherwise the tree is very healthy.Could the soil ph influence leaf colour.During the spring i mulched the tree with peat and flowers of sulphur to try and lower the soil ph.I would be grateful for any advice....
Ive also heard that a european law may be banning flowers of sulphur by the end of the year.Is this true?

cheesey ed 4

I love Japanese maples but i only have a few of them but they are really beautiful.


Beautiful tree. Very easy to grow and care for.

Jocelyn Aitken

I also love these trees. I bought a lovely one nearly two years ago. My question is : are they supposed to lose their leaves over winter?. This may be a silly qustion but I need to know ?! Jocelyn.


I have collected Japanese Maple seeds many times and followed the cultural instructions for growing them, but have been unsuccessful. I am looking for other options to give them another try.

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