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Japanese Maple Trees

Japanese Maple are small, deciduous trees with a rounded, dome-shaped crown, from the Sapindaceae family, native to Japan, North and South Korea, China, Eastern Mongolia, and Southeast Russia. Japanese Maple trees are often grown for their variety of rich, intense colours and attractive, dissected foliage. The Latin name, Acer Palmatum comes from the word palmatum (palm), referring to the hand-like shape of the leaves. Ornamental Trees are industry experts with over 20 years of experience dealing with Acers, including weeping Japanese Maples and the popular Dwarf Japanese Maple varieties.

The history of Acer Palmatum

  • Acer Palmatum have been cultivated in Japan for centuries with the first of this species reaching England in 1820. In Japanese culture, the species is said to signify great blessings, and any place in which a Japanese Maple tree is planted is recognised as a peaceful retreat
  • Japanese horticulturalists have developed cultivars from these maple trees for centuries and it is now thought that over a 1000 cultivators have been produced
  • Japanese Maples are a popular choice for bonsai enthusiasts and have been a common subject in art for a very long time
  • Preparations from the branches and leaves of the Japanese Maple tree are used as a treatment in traditional Chinese medicine
  • the word "palmatum" represents the way the leaves resemble the shape of a hand, as noticed by Swedish doctor and botanist Carl Peter Thunberg in the 18th century.

Planting position for Japanese Maple trees

Japanese Maples grow best in a sheltered position, and although tolerant of all soils, a well-drained soil is preferred. The amount of sunlight needed varies between cultivators, with red and purple leaved Japanese Maples requiring some sun to fully develop their dark hues. On the other hand, variegated Japanese Maples need partial shade to prevent the afternoon sun from scorching the foliage, and green-leaved varieties can tolerate full sun, but are best in dappled shade to also avoid the risk of leaf scorch. Their pretty foliage is very sensitive to sun and wind - please do ask us for advice on the best variety for your planting situation.


Japanese Maples are perfect for smaller gardens, or planted in large containers as a patio tree, as many Acers grow extremely slowly. We also stock a great choice of Dwarf Japanese Maple trees which are perfect when you have a small garden with limited space. If you’re looking for Dwarf Japanese Maple varieties, click here. For our full range of stunning Japanese Maple Trees, click here.

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