Japanese Maples or Acer Palmatum are stunning smaller growing deciduous shrubs grown for their outstanding beauty and architectural splendour. To make an eye catching focal point in any sized garden, Japanese Maples are an excellent choice. These stunning plants are native to Japan as the name implies and are also native to parts of Russia, China and Korea. Japanese Maples have many cultivars and were introduced to the UK in the early 1800’s by a Swedish botanist who gave them the name palmatum after the hand shaped leaves.
The cultivars have their own unique qualities over and above the beautiful leaf colours for example Maple Bloodgood is a strong upright variety and slow growing, Maple Dissectum is a small plant ideal for smaller areas or gardens and the Dissectum Garnet is a more colourful form again smaller in habit.
The Acer palmatum Orange Dream is large and bushy with the usual vibrant blaze of colourful leaves one expects of the Japanese Maples. The delightful coral red bark on the Sango Kaku is particularly noticeable in the garden in the autumn and winter as the awesome red yellow and golden coloured leaves of the Maples fall leaving the stems providing the focal point of colour in the garden.They are popular for the exquisite art of Bonsai so popular with Japanese gardeners and designers.
Japanese Maples require a sheltered spot in the garden away from strong winds and some shade to protect from harsh sunlight both of which can affect the filigreed leaves for which they are known. They can be planted with the appropriate amount of shelter by ponds and indeed on patios as they will come to no harm if grown in pots or containers.