My Love Affair with Japanese Maples

My love affair with Japanese Maples started five years ago, starting out with 4 large (Dissectum) Japanese Maples which quickly  morphed into 25  (19 different cultivars).  I guess you could say I have started a small collection of Japanese Maples  in my garden landscape which I am sure will continue to grow over the next several years.

Japanese Maples are known for their lacy and delicate foliage, their elegant architectural form, and their beautiful foliage colors both in the spring and fall, making them excellent choices for your landscape. Below are some of the Japanese Maples in my garden showing off their fall and summer colors …


FALL FOLIAGE…Acer palmatum ‘Mikawa yatsubusa’

 A beautiful dwarf Japanese maple. Leaves emerge light green with red tips and turning yellow to red in the fall. 3′


FALL FOLIAGE…Acer palmatum ‘Mikawa yatsubusa’

 The leaves unfold in the spring to a green, and then are exceptionally beautiful in the fall turning yellow to red.

SUMMER FOLIAGE… Acer japoncium ‘Full Moon Maple’



FALL FOLIAGE… Acer palmatum ‘Watnong’- (Dissectum)

New growth begins red that later turns pink- red with emerging green. Beautiful in that many colors – red,pink and green- can appear on the tree all at one time. In fall the leaves are scarlet. 5-10′

SUMMER FOLIAGE… Acer palmatum ‘Watnong’ – (Dissectum)


FALL FOLIAGE…Acer palmatum ‘Orangeola’ – (Dissectum)- Recently pruned
SUMMER FOLIAGE… Acer palmatum  ‘Orangeola’ Dissectum



FALL FOLIAGE… Acer shirasawanum ‘Autumn Moon’

 In spring, the leaves turn a pale yellow green that deepens to golden tones late summer/fall.

Protect from afternoon sun.

SUMMER FOLIAGE… Acer shirasawanum ‘Autumn Moon’



FALL FOLIAGE… Acer palmatum ‘Waterfall’  (Dissectum)

 Has a beautiful cascading manner, turns a beautiful shade of gold/crimson in fall. 5-10′


SUMMER FOLIAGE… Acer palmatum ‘Waterfall’- (Dissectum)



EARLY FALL FOLIAGE…Variegated… Acer palmatum ‘Oku Kuji Nishiki’ – (Matsumurae)


 A variegated Japanese maple, with small green and white leaves with a hint of pink in spring.




 A finely dissected maple, has light orange-red leaves. 5-10′


FALL FOLIAGE…Acer palmatum ‘Twombley’s Red Sentinel’

 A columnar Japanese Maple whose brilliant red foliage lasts through summer, turning crimson in the fall. Shines in my landscape. 10-15′

FALL FOLIAGE…Acer palmatum ‘Ryusen’

 A cascading form which has a lacy appearance with wonderful  orange-red fall color.



Japanese Maples are beautiful in so many ways, and in so many seasons.

No wonder I love them so much!













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