A guide to buying Japanese Maple Trees
by Victoria Moretti
March 18, 2016

The Japanese Maple tree has been admired for centuries by people across the globe. It’s become a particular favourite amongst avid gardeners who want to turn heads during the fall season, as these trees are renowned for their stunning autumnal colours.

Although they can to grow to 25ft, many varieties can be kept in small planters on apartment balconies, meaning there is a maple for every kind of home. With their diverse foliage, varying sizes, and their ability to be used for bonsai gardening, this is a very popular choice. But how do you choose the one for you?

What kind of space do you have?

While shopping around, you have to take into consideration the size, style and layout of your garden area. On the one hand, what kind of style do you usually go for? If it’s clean and contemporary, you might prefer Sharp’s Pygmy Japanese Maple, recognised for remaining around two feet tall by two feet across.

You also need to think about the kinds of features you have in your garden. If you have a pond area, a more romantic, woodland space might suit you better. Consider adding a Weeping Japanese Maple Viridis in the shade of a larger tree to add texture and depth to your space.

Types of Maple

So, now that you know what you want, it’s time to buy the perfect variety for your garden. Given the rich history of the Japanese Maple tree, there are thousands of varieties, but for the average person just wanting to add a touch of serenity to their space, there are four main areas to consider:

  1. Leaf form - the unique form of the Japanese Maple is the hand and finger-like structure to the leaves, but they can vary from large and full to small and delicate.
  2. Leaf colour - this will be the most important aspect for many people, as these trees are known for their bold, vibrant fall colours. Across the seasons, they can vary from pink, to white, to orange and green. Always look into the leaf colour of the type you want to buy.
  3. Branch arrangement - many varieties of the Japanese Maple look like “regular” trees in that their branches are upright. However, for the classic bonsai shape you should check out the range of horizontal branch structures, or the cascading, weeping branches that fall at lower angles.
  4. Height - one of the things that make this tree so desirable is that they can range from shrub-like size in individual planters, to as much as 15-25 feet tall.

Due to the amount of variety in the these trees, it’s best to always read up on them and find the one which will suit your environment the most.

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