Japanese maples are remarkably adaptable to soil and weather conditions. In their native habitats, Acer Palmatum and it’s natural varieties have adapted to a wide range of environment on the island of Japan. In North America, these plants thrive in soil and climates ranging from the rainforest conditions of the Pacific Northwest to the very warm climate of southern California.
In Europe, they grow in the warm Mediterranean conditions of Italy, in the almost pure peat soils of Boskoop, Netherlands, and in the varied soils of Britain. They also thrive in many parts of Australasia. Thus we begin to understand the versatility of these plants as ornamentals throughout the world.
Most upright cultivars of Acer Palmatum and A. Japonicum attain a height of 8-9 metres (26-30ft) in 50 years, depending upon site and conditions.