What is a Japanese Maple


  • Literally a tree,  originally grown in  Japan   …. Not very helpful !
  • technically.. Asiatic varieties of “acer palmatum ,acer japonicum “
  • there are at least 250 named varieties . I would like to encourage the readers to go on and research the ones they like and start with  J.D.Vertrees
  • All the members of the family are deciduous, the leaves fall off in the winter
  • they are shallow rooted and will readily transplant during the dormant season
  • they are not restricted by soil or  weather conditions. there are maples for full sun or deep shade…  in saying this, to get the best out of several cultivars, leaves with variegations you will get the best results if they are grown in the most appropriate positions
  • all have a shallow fibrous root system
  • the planting site must not be either very dry or very wet . but anything in between is acceptable a uniform supply  is ideal
  • T.B.C.
  • THERE IS ROOM FOR A JAPANESE MAPLE IN ANY GARDEN OR ON ANY PATIO IN A CONTAINER ….They are all easy to look after, only need maintenance pruning Very hardy and have spectacular leaf colour  changes throughout the year they range from small shrubs to medium-sized trees and most can be  trimmed to any size in between, most make good Bonsai subjects    .


  • On this page i will try to ….extrapolate (this is the last time i am going to use a word we need to look up ) from the statement…. Japanese Maples…. inform what you get for your  money. Personally I  pick up more from pictures ,than words

some pictures …. “Acer palmatum”  Japanese Maples

Japanese Maple trees for sale in Stoke-on-Trent
Acer palmatum, green maple – showing Autumn colours. I say the green maple  starts of in the season with pinkish leaves then turns several shades of green  before showing spectacular autumn colours



Acer palmatum "Dissectum" for sale
Acer palmatum “Dissectum” this is a fine cut leaf .it will always be a smaller tree , the KOI people use it as a pond tree to partial shade their fish ponds  it is nice in  a rockery, as its feathery form will soften severe rock shapes 
Japanese Maple Bare Root seedlings
Japanese Maples different varieties growing well together .These are trees in our specimen collection the are growing in 10 ltr pots 
Red Japanese Maple Trees for sale
Japanese Maple ” acer palmatum atropurpureum” this is typically the “Japanese red maple ” we supply in all our forms .seeds,germinated seeds ,seedlings  and specimen trees 


acer palmatunm “Deshojo” some seedlings will display this leaf form, and as we have said before, all forms were derived from seed originally, but we cannot call them “Deshojo” i will try to expand this later

Below  are  varieties of “Acer palmatum”  Japanese Maples

they are divided into seven groups/types  mainly distinguished by leaf form. I will list them all, they all differ but my main interest is  with with numbers I think most of our seedlings will fall into these leaf forms but growing from seed you never know what you might get  

  1.  Palmatum….            leaves with serrated edges, five or seven lobes generally divided from the tip more then half way to the base .having sharp tip. With smallish  leaves 
  2. Amoenum…              leaves with finer serrations ,seven lobes with less pronounced divisions 
  3. Matsumurae….      leaves larger with course serrations and more pronounced seven/ nine  lobe divisions (this is the leaf we use as a logo)
  4. Linearilobum..       leaves almost divided from tip to base 
  5. Dissectum…….       leaves deeply divided and heavily serrated, lace like appearance
  6. Dwarf ……               these trees whose height when fully mature will not be taller than   2 meters 
  7. there are others 



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