The History of Japanese Maple

For more than 300 years Japanese maple trees have been developed and selected for their beauty and variation of form and colour. Japanese horticulturists have contributed to the world a heritage of beauty from this group of plants which are indigenous to their country. The native Japanese maple has the tendency to produce great variations within the species. By selection and cross-pollination, more than 250 cultivars have been developed. Most of which, we grow and sell right here at


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“Sango Kaku”

The brilliant coral of the bark is the outstanding feature. at times the colour almost becomes fluorescent. The younger the wood the stronger the colour. The tones brighten in the fall and then intensify as winter approaches. The colour is especially striking in snow. Typically, for this type of Japanese maple, the small leaves have five to seven ovate-acuminate lobes that taper to a sharp point. The margins are toothed.

In the spring the light yellow green leaves have strong reddish margins, giving the tree a striking appearance. As summer approaches, the foliage becomes a bright, light green. The colour turns to a yellow gold in the fall, with a blend of apricot and light red.




This cultivar of Japanese maple is a seedling selection. The large leaves are divided almost to the leaf base. The lobes are long-ovate and the outer ends gradually taper to a sharply pointed tip. The red leaf stalks are short and stiff. Leaf colour is deep purple-red or maroon. Tones are brightest on new leaves and then become deeper in summer. The colour holds well but burns in hot locations.

The leaves turn bright crimson in the fall. A vigorous a sturdy grower. Becomes a tall upright round headed tree.


The term “Japanese maple” has two meanings. One is applied by the nursery industry which has often grouped all the cultivars of several Acer species under the general term “Japanese Maples”. Most often included in this group are all the cultivars and forms of Acer palmatum. 

The second meaning of the term “Japanese maple” is used by the serious dendrologist to indicate all 23 Acer species that are endemic to the islands of Japan and nearby territories.


A selection of our red Acer Palmatum:


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  • Acer Palmatum - Japanese Maple

A brief history of the Japanese Maple tree

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Each week, one of our Japanese maple plants can be purchased with FREE SHIPPING. This weeks selected Acer is:

“ORANGE DREAM”   (Offer for 3L pots only)

New leaves emerge a fresh orange, quickly becoming a lemon-yellow with orange-tinged margins and tips. Leaves are less likely to be damaged by cold spells in early spring. the leaves retain their bright yellow colour for much longer, changing slowly to yellow-green, then light green later in the summer, often with a slight reddish edging on the leaves. they become a bright yellow-gold in the fall. the slender shoots are an attractive red to light green, with only faint striations. The medium seven lobes leaves are slightly broader than long and are deeply divided. the ovate lobes, with short, tail like pointed tips, narrow slightly at the lobe junctions. The margins are coarsely toothed. The short, red tinged leaf stalks have swollen bases.

Height: 2.4 metres / Width: 1.5 metres

Acer Palmatum

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