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Acer palmatum/Japanese Maple

Acer palmatum / Acer palmatum
Autumn foliage on a young tree
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Autumn foliage on a young tree

Autumn color

Autumn color

Mature specimen tree

Autumn color

Mature tree in autumn color

Autumn color

Mature trees, summer foliage

Close-up of autumn colored foliage

Autumn color

Young lawn tree

Spring foliage

Specimen tree in a Columbia, SC landscape adjacent to a highly trimmed Burford holly hedge

A Japanese maple in a deciduous state at the Memphis Botanical Garden

An understory specimen in late fall in Birmingham Botanical Garden

Looking through the canopy of a tree in full autumn color

Autumn color on tree growing in Missouri

A large, mature specimen at the Birmingham Botanical Garden with a canopy spread of approximately fifty feet

In a residental landscape

Forest style bonsai

A beuatiful specimen growing in the Vatican Gardens in Rome, Italy

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Scientific Name: Acer palmatum
Common Name: Japanese Maple
Plant Type: Deciduous
Leaf Type: Broadleaf
Hardiness Zone: 5, 6, 7, 8 Determine Your Zone
Height: 15-20 feet
Spread: 15 - 20 feet
Bloom time: Spring
Flower color: Red
Light Exposure: Sun, Part Sun, Filtered Shade
Drainage: Well drained, Moist
Rate of Growth: Slow
Water Requirement: Medium
Maintenance Level: Low
Susceptible to insects
and diseases:
Landscape Categories: Deer Resistant-Tolerant Plants
Comments: Sun,wind,and drought may cause leaf scorch. An excellent landscape choice. There are literally hundreds of different cultivars being offered in the trade. They vary greatly in height, spread and leaf types. Relatively short lived in the Lower South due to a root problem. Normal life span is usually under twenty years, but can live to be very old in the northern range of the country and in their native Japan.