Japanese red leaf maple. After a few weeks the silver color fades and the leaves attain a deep red. Department of agriculture plant hardiness zones 5 through 8 for unique delicate looking foliage and attractive growth habits. In fall the graceful leaves turn bright crimson. This delicate shade loving tree can be planted in a natural grove of much larger trees to take advantage of the shelter the high canopy has to offer.
There are a few japanese maple diseases and several insect problems with japanese maples that you should be aware of to give your tree the care it needs. Japanese maples acer palmatum are prized across us. The deeply lobed 5 7 9 leaves are red or reddish purple in spring and again in fall. The dissectum group is known for its lacy dissected leaves.
Acer palmatum commonly known as red emperor maple palmate maple japanese maple or smooth japanese maple japanese. There are fine examples of red japanese maple trees including weeping types that fall into either the acer palmatum atropurpureum group or the acer palmatum dissectum group. For many centuries the japanese people have travelled to the countryside to see the fall color like east coast americans admiring the sugar maple. Ever red aka dissectum nigrum is a japanese maple lace leaf that exhibits fascinating change throughout the seasons.
Design ideas japanese maples are a must in any asian themed garden or small urban landscape. Japanese maple produce small flowers in spring and the seeds are the small keys typical of all maples which twirl down to the ground in fall. Irohamomiji or momiji is a species of woody plant native to japan korea china eastern mongolia and southeast russia. The japanese maple acer palmatum is a deciduous shade and ornamental tree with at least 19 known cultivars that display red and crimson colors.
Its red lacy leaves are a welcome addition to any garden but they arent problem free. Japanese red maple in the cultivar group atropurpureum is a versatile ornamental hardy small tree or multi stemmed shrub. In between color varies from remaining red all summer to sometimes fading slightly with maturity or summer heat and even turning green.