Illinois' Best

Exceptional small ornamental maple

This lovely small tree native to the Far East can be grown only in very protected areas if you live in Zone 5. Beautiful five- to nine-lobed leaves emerge early. The plant grows 15' to 25' in height with a spread exceeding its height, and it is highly admired for its wonderful horizontal branches. May and June bring small reddish-purple flowers. The samaras, or winged fruits, mature in fall and turn a rich red. Fall color is outstanding--ranging from yellow to red to purple. Use the Japanese maple as a specimen plant. 

Acer palmatum
Japanese maple
Family: Maple (Aceraceae)
Type: Small flowering tree

Mature Size:
15-25 feet

  Flower Color:
  Bloom Season:
full sun to partial shade
  Soil Moisture:
attracts birds
Winter Interest
growth habit
  Landscape Use:
bedding or border
specimen plant
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