There are more than 2,000 different varieties of Japanese Maples. They range from 12″ tall dwarfs to 30′ trees.
The flowers are tiny as you can see on this Red Maple (Acer palmatum ‘Fireglow’)
Here are the seeds of a Red Japanese Maple. They reseed easily in the garden.
The straight species of Japanese Maple (Acer palmatum) has green leaves which turn to a beautiful red or orange or yellow in the fall.
Almost all varieties of Japanese Maples are grafted on Acer palmatum. The stump sprouts on the above photo below the graft are Acer palmatum. The sprouts above the graft are Acer palmatum ‘Dissectum’
Red Leaf Japanese Maple (Acer japonicum ‘Fireglow’)
If Japanese Maples are grown in a lot of sun the branches can become burned which may kill that branch.
Here are some of the 2,000 cultivars:
Red Split Leaf Japanese Maple (Acer palmatum ‘Crimson Queen’) This plant is about 40 years old.
Green Split Leaf Japanese Maple (Acer palmatum ‘Dissectum’)
Acer palmatum ‘Beni Otake’
Acer shirasawanum ‘Moonrise’
The yellow fall color is where it is growing in the shade. The Orange fall color is caused by growing in the sun.
Acer palmatum ‘Koto No Ito’
Acer palmatum ‘Bonfire‘
Acer palmatum ‘Ryusen’ Note the weeping habit.
Acer palmatum ‘Nishiki Gawa’
Acer palmatum ‘Geisha Gone Wild’
Acer palmatum ‘Mikazuki’ spring color.
Acer palmatum ‘Mikazuki’ Fall color
Acer japonicum ‘Mikazuki’ Summer color
Acer palmatum ‘Hogyoku’ fall color
Acer palmatum ‘Kandy Kitchen’
Acer palmatum ‘Fairy Hair’
Acer palmatum dissectum ‘Red Filigree’
Red Twig Japanese Maple (Acer palmatum ‘Sangu Kaku’). The red twigs are only visible during the cold weather in the winter.
There are many new red twig varieties being developed including this Acer conspicuum ‘Phoenix’
Japanese Maples make some of the best fall color in the garden.