Japanese maple (Acer palmatum) is a deciduous shrub or small tree with a broad, rounded shape. Acer palmatum is native to China, Korea and Japan, this lovely plant is greatly admired and is grown in landscapes all over the world for its spectacular colors and attractive forms.
Acer palmatum is red or green leaved & makes for an amazing maple bonsai tree. This is one of the most beautiful small trees for an ornamental landscape. Acer palmatum is perfectly suited as a specimen tree, an accent in a mixed border, or in a container on the patio. It anchors the Japanese style garden.
Even taken from the same parent tree, the acer seeds may produce an entirely different specimen. Fall leave color can range from red to orange or bright yellow.
Japanese Maple acer palmatum has been cultivated in Japan for centuries and in temperate areas around the world since the 1800s. The first specimen of the tree reached England in 1820.
Almost all acer palmatum trees are adaptable and blend well with companion plants. The trees are particularly suitable for borders and ornamental paths because the root systems are compact and not invasive. Well drained soil is preferred, and the trees grow strongest when they are not over-fertilized. Many varieties of Acer palmatum maples are successfully grown in containers.
The sap can be consumed as a drink or concentrated into a syrup by boiling the water off. It contains a fair amount of sugar but it is considerably lower than that of the sugar maples.
Acer Palmatum(japanese maple) needs a fertile, well drained, acidic soil with filtered to full shade, the latter being best in warmer regions. It will take sub-tropical heat. Highly frost resistant it is not drought tolerant and needs regular watering.
Japanese maple acer palmatum will grow from seeds, and seedlings tend to be faster growing, stronger and more drought tolerant than cultivars.
Growing instructions for the Acer Palmatum are included.