Five Stunning Japanese Maple Varieties You Can Use In Your Garden

March 7, 2019

If you would like to buy a tree for your garden, it is really worth taking a look at Japanese Maples. They are truly stunning. Plus, because there are so many varieties to choose from finding one that works for you is not hard.

Japanese Maple

This site alone provides you with 23 different types to choose between. To help you to do so, I have decided to pick out a few of my favorites and tell you about them below:

The classic Oregon Sunset Japanese Maple

I am going to start with a classic red maple variety. The Oregon Sunset is probably the one you picture in your mind when you hear someone talking about this tree variety. It features the classic red leaves, which help to make it so attractive and memorable.

Twombly’s Red Sentinel Japanese Maple

Most maple trees take up quite a bit of space. At least the canopy does. They do not cast a very heavy shadow. Yet it is still enough to stop most plants from being able to grow too near it. 

If you do not want to lose too much growing space, the slim and tall Twombly’s Red Sentinel is probably what you need. This variety has a lovely silver trunk topped off with a slender canopy of purple-red leaves.

The Fernleaf Full Moon Maple

If you do not have much open space available in your garden, you will need to select a tree that can tolerate shade. The Fernleaf variety actually likes a little shade, making it the ideal choice. It is also an excellent choice for smaller gardens, because it only grows to about 10 feet. If you want to you can grow it in a container on your patio.

The Pacific Fire Vine Maple

This maple is a little different from the rest. It is the branches that provide the splash of color. The fine twigs are a fiery red. Importantly, they are at their brightest during the winter months. It is always nice to have a splash of color in your garden at this time of the year. The leaves look nice during the fall too as they turn from green to peppery orange, then pale yellow.

Koto No Ito Japanese Maple

One of the most delicate looking varieties is the Koto No Ito. Its fine, graceful foliage will add wonderful texture and interest to your garden. At the start of the season, the leaves are crimson, before turning a startling apple green, which gradually turns yellow then gold and orange, before falling to the ground.

Keeping your Japanese maple strong and healthy

Japanese maples are much stronger and hardier than they look. They can survive surprising variations in temperature and rainfall. However, to get the most out of these beautiful trees you want them to do more than just survive. 

They will only look their best if you take care of them. Do not worry, because as you will see when you go online to find out how to keep them in good condition there is actually not a lot of work or expense involved in doing this.

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Andi Perullo de Ledesma

I am Andi Perullo de Ledesma, a Chinese Medicine Doctor and Travel Photojournalist in Charlotte, NC. I am also wife to Lucas and mother to Joaquín. Follow us as we explore life and the world one beautiful adventure at a time.

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