Grown for centuries in Japan, this unique and colorful maple is called momiji, meaning “to change color.”
In addition to its vivid colors, Japanese Maple trees are also known for their cascading form, growing 25-30 feet tall with a spread of 10-20 feet. It has a slow to moderate growth rate, growing about 12 to 24 inches a year.
Japanese Maples flower In the spring. They yield small red or purple flowers which appear in upright to hanging clusters.
Color carries over to the Japanese Maple leaves which are bright green. They are typically palm shaped, two to five inches long with five, seven or nine lobes. In fall, these explode with color, turning crimson, orange or gold. This brilliant fall color is the tree’s most attractive feature and it remains for weeks before the leaves fall.
There are over 400 varieties of Japanese Maple tree, each offering something unique.
Japanese Maple trees tolerate a wide range of soils, although slightly acidic is preferred. Soil should be well-drained and the tree planted in full sunlight or partial shade. Hardiness Zone: 6-8