Grow the most beautiful Japanese Maples

From spring’s first blush to autumn’s last stand, Japanese Maples wow us with unforgettable shapes, colors, and textures. Come fall, plum purples turn crimson and scarlet. Verdant greens and honeyed yellows turn apricot and gold. In winter, their bare, sculptural branches inspire and charm us, even on the darkest of days.

So, whether you’re longing for a more beautiful view or craving close-up container style, turn to Japanese Maples. They’re among the most beautiful, easy to care for, and popular plants you’ll find. (Even Martha can’t get enough.)

GET THE LOOK: Grow Japanese Maples, like ‘Shaina’, for fall color and year-round beauty in your border, woodland, or containers.

PHOTOS: Doreen Wynja for Monrovia

Rare and collectible Japanese Maples

Ryusen Japanese Maple

Ryusen Weeping
Japanese Maple

One of a kind with green palmate leaves waterfalling down this weeping form. Fast-growing branches shoot straight up and cascade down, making it ideal for narrow spaces. Fall foliage is a rainbow of red, orange, and yellow. Deciduous. Zone 5 – 7.

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Acer palmatum
‘Ryusen’
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Shin Deshojo Japanese Maple

Shin Deshojo
Japanese Maple

Spring sings with Deshojo’s brilliant salmon-red foliage, turning green in midsummer, then scarlet-orange in fall. New growth begins red, contrasting beautifully with mature foliage. Young upright twigs and branches splash red in winter. Deciduous. Zone 5 – 8.

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Acer palmatum
‘Shin Deshojo’
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Shishigashira Japanese Maple

Shishigashira
Japanese Maple

Unusual! Compact, rounded, and upright shrub-style tree with curled green leaves that blush red-orange in fall. ‘Shishigara’ is very happy in full sun and less likely to sunburn than other Japanese Maples. Highly sculptural form. Deciduous. Zone 5 – 8.

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Acer palmatum
‘Shishigashira’
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Tamukeyama Japanese Maple

Tamukeyama Japanese Maple

Deeply lobed, cut leaf foliage is a lush and beautiful maroon-purple throughout summer. In fall, the foliage radiates an intensely bright red. Graceful, cascading branches build into a mounding dwarf tree with waxy, deep red bark. Deciduous. Zone 5 – 8.

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Acer palmatum var. dissectum
‘Tamukeyama’
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Meet Velvet Viking™ — the first Japanese Maple hardy to zone 4

Velvet Viking™ Japanese Maple 

In 2019, we introduced our exclusive Velvet Viking™ Japanese Maple, the first Japanese Maple that thrives in northern, cold climates.

With regular water and dappled sun, it’s majestic in hotter climates, too. This weeping variety reaches just 3′ tall, making it exceptional in both containers or your closeup border.

Velvet Viking™ has fine, lacy, deeply cut foliage and holds its garnet color until fall, when cooler weather sparks the shift into vibrant, ruby red tones.

Delicate leaves cascade across the dwarf, low growing form. Lovely spilling over a low wall or from a container. Truly tough and cold hardy in zones 4 – 9. Deciduous.

Acer palmatum var. dissectum ‘Monfrick

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Upright Japanese Maples (Zone 5 – 8)

Bloodgood Japanese Maple

Bloodgood
Japanese Maple

Summer’s burgundy foliage brightens into scarlet red in fall. Red-black bark provides striking interest in winter. Plant in a highly visible area amidst evergreens or grasses. Slender, airy habit makes for lovely patio or entryway screening. Deciduous. Zone 5 – 8.

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Acer palmatum var. atropurpureum ‘Bloodgood’

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Coral Bark Japanese Maple 

Coral Bark
Japanese Maple

Bright coral-red bark lights up this small tree’s young branches all year long. Color intensifies as temperatures cool. Deeply cut, pale green leaves turn yellow-gold and russet orange in fall. Thrives in dappled shade in warmer climes, full sun in cooler. Deciduous. Zone 5 – 8.

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Acer palmatum
‘Sango Kaku’

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Emperor I® Japanese Maple

Emperor I®
Japanese Maple

Graceful branches are veiled by showy merlot red foliage that turns hot scarlet in fall. Perfectly sized for outdoor living spaces that call for soft movement, shelter, and privacy. Lovely down a walkway as a focal point against evergreens. Deciduous. Zone 5 – 8.

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Acer palmatum
‘Wolff’

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Red-Leaf Japanese Maple

Red-Leaf
Japanese Maple

Beautiful wine-red palmate leaves simmer all summer, then turn up the color to brilliant red in fall. Use for striking contrast and a graceful small space tree. Excellent in a container, as a foundation plant, or up close in your outdoor living space. Deciduous. Zone 5 – 8.

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Acer palmatum
‘Atropurpureum’

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Weeping Japanese Maples (Zone 5 – 8)

Crimson Queen Japanese Maple

Crimson Queen Japanese Maple

A low, weeping form with delicate crimson foliage in summer that can turn bright scarlet in autumn. Lovely against silvery evergreen foliage. Spectacular in a container or along a dry bed stream or waterway. Excellent in a large container. Deciduous. Zone 5 – 8.

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Acer palmatum var. dissectum ‘Crimson Queen’

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Waterfall Japanese Maple

Waterfall Japanese Maple

Cascading branches flush with large, finely cut, apple green leaves sweep across your small space landscape. Positively glows with golden fall color. Wow-worthy as a patio or courtyard specimen, especially near your water feature. Deciduous. Zone 5 – 8.

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Acer palmatum var. dissectum ‘Waterfall’

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Want to dig into more information about Japanese Maples? 

Check out the Care and Detail sections of each Japanese Maple plant page. Then, explore some of our most popular articles about growing Japanese Maples:

And don’t miss the Japanese Maple inspiration in Martha Stewart’s garden. She’s been busy planting Japanese Maples at her farm in Bedford, NY. Among her new favorites are Crimson Queen Japanese Maple, Shaina Japanese Maple, and Red Dragon Japanese Maple.

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