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Must read:
Vertrees Japanese Maples, 3rd edition by Peter Gregory
Maples for Gardens by the van Gelderens.
(Either book is available from us (with a maple order) for $40.00 each or both for $75.


FINAL SIZE in feet after 15 years; AVAILABLE SIZE: 1yr=1 year old plant after grafting, 2yr = two year old plant, etc. Available plant size varies with variety. NA = not currently available. std means the maple is grafted on a 'standard', a trunk about 1-2' high. This is sometimes done for weeping or clumping varieties to get them higher off the ground at first. Most of these maples can be kept to 1/2 or less of final size by minor annual pruning. For instance, we have two 25 year old vine maples in our yard. One is 12' tall and the other has been pruned to 5' tall with little effort. The same applies to Japanese Maples.


Maple species or variety Brief description  Final size Available size Leaf
Acer buergerianum 'Naturo kaede' Curious curled leaves leave many people cold, others are intrigued 8' NA
Acer circinatum Vine Maple Often grows w/ multiple trunks, Orange, scarlet, yellow in fall. Tolerates shade well, but best fall color in full sun.  12-15' 3yr  acer circinatum
Acer circinatum 'Little Gem' Vine Maple Dwarf Vine Maple from a witches broom in Vancouver, B.C.  3-4'  2,4yr 
Acer circinatum 'Monroe'
Vine Maple
Unique, dissected leaf sport found along Oregon's McKenzie River by a steelhead fisherman  12-15'  NA
Acer circinatum 'Sunny Sister'
Vine Maple
New variety with gold/yellow spring color 12-15' 2yr  acer circinatum sunny sister
Acer circinatum 'Sunglow'
Vine Maple
New variety with gold/yellow spring color, too early to tell the difference from the previous. 12-15'  2yr  acer circinatum sunglow

Acer shirasawanum 'Aureum'  The Golden Full Moon Maple has round, golden leaves with 9-11 lobes. Medium growth rate and compact form. 15-25'  1,2,3,4yr  acer shirasawanum aureum
Acer shirasawanum 'Autumn Moon'  Upright growth somewhat more vigorous than 'Aureum'. Year round color, good in full sun. 12-15'  2yr  acer shirasawanum autumn moon
Acer palmatum Japanese Maple  Green leaves in summer, wonderful fall colors of yellow, bronze and/or red. Seedling grown. 
Acer palmatum
'Aka shigitatsu sawa'
(aka shigitatsusawa)
White leaf with pink and red, edged with green 15'  2yr  acer palmatum aka shigitatsu sawa
Acer palmatum 'Arakawa' Rough bark maple. Desirable for bonsai because of it's bark which develops a very interesting character with age. Grows well in a pot, or larger in the ground. Green leaves in summer turn a wonderful fall color of varying shades of red.  25-30' 2yr
Acer palmatum 'Asahi zuru' The 'Rising Sun' maple has pink & white variegation; entire leaves may be white; vigorous and does well on poor soil 30' 2yr acer circinatum asahi zuru
Acer palmatum 'Atrolineare' Deeply cleft leaves of an excellent purple/red which holds very well through the summer 13'  2yr  acer palmatum atrolineare
Acer palmatum 'Atropurpureum' Grows in sun to light shade, red leaves fade to green in the summer, scarlet fall color.  15-20  2yr acer palmatum atropurpureum
Acer palmatum 'Azuma murasaki'  Purple in spring, green in summer, good fall color w/ attractive red samaras 18'  NA
Acer palmatum 'Baby Lace'  Perhaps the finest foliage, red, weeping dissectum 2-3'  NA acer palmatum baby lace
Acer palmatum 'Baldsmith' Weeping red filigree maple 3-4' 1yr 
Acer palmatum 'Beni fusigi'  Unusual, crinkled red leaves hold color well through the summer. Unique. 6'  1yr
Acer palmatum 'Beni hime'  Rare, dwarf Japanese maple, leaves bright red in spring, keep reddish margins into summer.  2-4'  NA acer palmatum beni hime
Acer palmatum 'Beni Komachi' Beautiful Little Girl foliage emerges bright crimsion, darkens to deep red and turns scarlet in fall 5-7'  NA
Acer palmatum 'Beni otake'  Thin, bamboo like leaves that are bright red. 10' (?) 1 yr
Acer palmatum
'Beni shigitatsu sawa'.
The Samaurai Maple's new leaves open maroon and change to green; slow growing  8-12'  NA 
Acer palmatum 'Beni shishihenge' Variegated leaf with pink and orange 12'  2yr acer palmatum beni shishihenge
Acer palmatum 'Bloodgood' Dark red leaves, keep their color well through summer on this popular cultivar. 25-30' 2,3,4yr
Acer palmatum 'Burgundy Lace' Horizontal shrub with red dissected leaves.  4-8' NA
Acer palmatum 'Beni tsukasa' Great scarlet-red spring foliage--outstanding and eye-catching from a distance. 12'  2yr
Acer palmatum 'Bonfire' Excellent red spring color, changing to green. Nice growth habit, similar to Sango Kaku but much smaller. Harry was right on this one. 10'  2yr
Acer palmatum 'Butterfly' Dainty green and white leaves, can achieve beautiful reddish-yellow color by mid summer in full sun.  20' 2,3yr acer palmatum butterfly
Acer palmatum 'Chiba' Dwarf tree used often for bonsai. Grows into a round shape. 
Acer palmatum 'Chisio' Outstanding spring color, somewhat less spectacular than Beni Tsukasa but nice in combination with this plant.  6'  NA
Acer palmatum 'Chisio Improved' What's to improve? 8'  2yr
Acer palmatum 'Coonara Pygmy' Rare, dwarf, densely branched witch's broom  3'.  2yr acer palmatum coonara pygmy
Acer palmatum 'Corallinum' Choice but difficult to propagate. Slow growing. Salmon pink leaf color in spring and then again in fall.  15'  2yr acer palmatum corallinum
Acer palmatum dissectum Laceleaf Maple deep red foliage, Interesting in container or as a bonsai, grows in sun to light shade  6-12'  NA
Acer palmatum 'Emperor I' Upright grower, Great form, red fall color. Heat tolerant. Holds red color thru summer.  10-12' 2yr
Acer palmatum 'Filliforma purpurea' 

Acer palmatum 'Filligree' More finely dissected and more smoothly rounded than others; uncommon, choice & distinctive 6' 2yr acer palmatum filligree
Acer palmatum 'Fireglow'  Nicely shaped, red/purple leaved though the summer. 30' 2yr acer palmatum fireglow
Acer palmatum 'Garnet'  Weeping, dissected leave Japanese leaves--fastest growing dissected leave variety. 
Acer palmatum 'Ghost Dancer' 

Acer palmatum 'Goshiki kotohime' Dwarf tree with variegated leaves, white and pink, good for bonsai. 
Acer palmatum 'Goshiki shidare' Slow growing, deeply dissected leaves with red, green and cream variagation.  6-12' NA
Acer palmatum 'Hanami nishiki' Densely growing semidwarf. Green leaves in summer, yellow in fall. 6' NA
Acer palmatum 'Higasayama' Strong growing cultivar with very attractive leaves. Unique. 25' 2yr acer palmatum higasayama
Acer palmatum 'Hogyoki' bright orange color in the fall  20' NA
Acer palmatum 'Hupp's Dwarf' Very nice dwarf 
Acer palmatum 'Ibo nishiki' Outstanding 'pine' bark on this medium sized Japanese maple, excellent as bonsai. Multi fall colors.  12-15' 5yr 
Acer palmatum 'Inaba shidare' Graceful, cut leaf, dark red weeping maple, stays red all summer. Brilliant fall color. 
Acer palmatum 'Inazuma' One of the best for fall color. Purple in spring, green in summer. Conspicuous red samaras. 25' 2yr
Acer palmatum 'Issai nishiki' Pine Bark Maple dwarf tree with very interesting, unusual bark
Acer palmatum 'Kagiri nishiki' Strongly growing tree with variegated leaves. RHS FCC 1865! 25' 4yr acer palmatum kagiri nishiki
Acer palmatum 'Kihachijo' Green leaves in summer, variably red, orange, yellow in fall 22' 4yr
Acer palmatum 'Kamagata' densely and attractively branched dwarf, green leaves w/ red edges 

Acer palmatum 'Kasagi yama' Reddish-orange spring color, then variegated and back to red in fall  6-8'  4yr
Acer palmatum 'Karasugawa' Wonderful variegated maple, pink and white leaves, pink stems, will burn unless kept in shade. 
NA acer palmatum karasugawa
Acer palmatum 'Kasagi yama' Reddish-orange spring color, then variegated and back to red in fall 6-8'  NA
Acer palmatum 'Kashima' Small leaves, grows in a round form, dwarf, used for bonsai. 
Acer palmatum 'Katsura' Pale yellow leaves margined in orange, change to green and then again to bright yellow and orange in fall. 
Acer palmatum 'Kiyohime' Very dwarf to 1-2' leaves are orange-red in spring and then again colored in fall 
Acer palmatum 'Koto ito komache'

Acer palmatum 'Koto no ito' (kotonoito) Very fine green leaves on old branches, wider leaves of new branches--an interesting combination  8-10'  NA acer palmatum koto no ito
Acer palmatum 'Marakumo' Mottled whitish/green leaves, unusual and very rare. 8' NA acer palmatum marakumo
Acer palmatum 'Matsugae' The Pine Branch Maple has variegated leaves with white and pink. 8-10' 2yr
Acer palmatum 'Mikawa yatsubusa' . Natural bonsai, leaves lay over one another, very short internodes, slow growth rate 5'  NA
Acer palmatum
'Murasaki kiyohime'
slow grower, bright orange fall color, purple edges in spring leaves  3'  2,4yr acer palmatum murasaki kiyohime
Acer palmatum 'Mushishino' Red spring color, greenish in summer, good fall color 25'  2yr
Acer palmatum 'Nishiki momiji' Upright with excellent fall color, summer green. Rare. 7'  2yr
Acer palmatum 'Nure sagi' Small leaves, purple through summer, scarlet red in fall. 13' 2yr
Acer palmatum 'Ogon sarasa' Purple leaves in spring, then green, finally orange-red. Rare. 30' 2,3yr
Acer palmatum 'Okagami' In the Mirror japanes maple leaves change from red new growth to black-red for summer and then to red and scarlet for fall. 
Acer palmatum 'Okushimo' Pepper and Salt Leaf Maple. Vase shaped tree, leaf edgesl inward for a distinctive appearance. Yellow fall color. 20-40' NA
Acer palmatum 'Omurayama' Weeping Japanese Maple Tree with weeping branches gold and red fall color  10-15'  2yr acer palmatum omurayama
Acer palmatum 'Orange Dream' Medium sized maple to 15 feet, new growth in spring and into summer is a unique, bright orange/yellow. 
3yr acer palmatum orange dream
Acer palmatum 'Orangeola' Cut leaf maple with bright red new growth, leaves paler orange in summer and then bright orange in fall 
2,3yr acer palmatum orangeola
Acer palmatum 'Oregon Sunset' Dwarf Japanese maple with bright maroon red foliage and a dense growth habit. Similar to 'Shaina' but may be easier to grow--too early to tell for sure. 6'? 2yr acer palmatum oregon sunset
Acer palmatum 'Orido nishiki' (oridono nishiki) Striking japanese maple with white and pink splashes not only on leaves, but also as veining on the trunk. 15-20' NA acer palmatum orido nishiki
Acer palmatum 'Osakazuki' Saki-Cup Maple with crimson fall color  20' 2,3yr
Acer palmatum 'Oshio Beni' Upright, red-leaved tree. 20'  NA
Acer palmatum 'Oshu Shidare' Treelike with drooping branches 0'  3yr
Acer palmatum 'Pixie' Red leaves, open growth on a dwarf plant. 3'  3yr
Acer palmatum 'Red Dragon' Mounding tree keeps deep purple red color right through to autumn 
Acer palmatum 'Red Emperor' crimson leaves through the seasons 15-20' NA
Acer palmatum
'Red Filligree Lace'
One of the most delicate lace-leaf maples.  Slow growing and choice.
2yr-std acer palmatum red filigree lace
Acer palmatum 'Red Dragon'   Weeping red laceleaf which holds color well through the summer. 4' 2yr
Acer palmatum 'Red Pygmy Medium sized maple with moderate upright growth and attractive narrow 5-lobed  Red Pygmy holds its red color well through the season. 10' 2yr acer palmatum red pygmy
Acer palmatum 'Red Wood' A selected seedling by Ed Woods. Red color said to be better on old branches than Sango Kaku. Yellow fall color.
Acer palmatum 'Sagara nishiki' Distinctive yellow edged leaves, best in partial shade 6'
Acer palmatum 'Sango kaku' Famous Japanese Maple variety with bright red bark, especially beautiful in winter. Needs full sun to maintain bright bark. 30' 2,3yr acer palmatum sango kaku
Acer palmatum 'Sazanami' New leaves dark red, turning green, interesting fall color. 20'  2yr
Acer palmatum 'Seiryu' Only upright dissected-leaf Japanese maple. The others are all 'weepers'. Makes an airy, spreading small tree to about 15' 12-15'.  2,3yr acer palmatum seiyru
Acer palmatum 'Shaina' Compact twiggy growth and bright red foliage on this sport of Bloodgood. Moist soil but good drainage. Outstanding, but not easy to grow. Frost sensitive in fall and spring.

Acer palmatum 'Shigarami' Bright green spring leaves with red margins. Yellow/orange fall color. 30'  2yr
Acer palmatum 'Shigitatsu Sawa' The Gelderens' suggest a synonym for 'Reticulatum'. Although this plant has outstanding reticulated leaves, we believe it to be a different variety. Shigitatsu sawa grows slowly but robustly for us. Similar to Aka (red) Shigitatsu sawa, but without the red. Outstanding.
2,3yr acer palmatum shigitatsu sawa
Acer palmatum 'Sharp's Pygmy' Dwarf maple with green leaves & dense growth habit; excellent bonsai.  3' 2,3,4,5yr
Acer palmatum 'Shindeshojo' Leaves emerge bright red pink in spring, fading to green pink in summer, fall color not outstanding.  Perhaps the best maple for spring color.  Eyecatching, even from a distance. 10' 2,3yr acer palmatum shindeshojo
Acer palmatum
'Shishi gashira
Vase shaped tree of fairly slow, dense growth habit, leaves dark green and curly, fall color is orange; natural bonsai. 10' 2yr acer palmatum shishi gashira
Acer palmatum 'Shojo nomura' Medium sized maple, holds purple spring color well though summer. Crimson fall color. 15'  NA

Acer palmatum 'Sumi nigashi' Good in coastal locations. Red leaves in spring, crimson in fall. 30'  2yr

Acer palmatum 'Tamuke yama'(tamukeyama) Very attractive plant tall with deeply divided leaves.  6-8'  3yr acer palmatum tamukeyama
Acer palmatum 'Tana' Vase-shaped shrub with red-tipped green leaves in spring. Yellow fall color. 25' 2yr

Acer palmatum 'Tiny Tim' Dwarf plant, green leaves with red stems, excellent for bonsai.  3' 3yr
Acer palmatum 'Toyama nishiki' Variegated red laceleaf 3' 2yr-std acer palmatum toyama nishiki
Acer palmatum 'Trompenburg' Larger japanese maple with serrated, deep maroon leaves curved downward 25' 3yr acer palmatum trompenburg
Acer palmatum 'Tsukushi gata' (tsukushigata) Purple in spring, paler in summer, crimson in fall.  15' NA

Acer palmatum 'Tsuma gaki' (tsumagaki) Medium sized maple; pale green leaves edged at the tips with red--the Finger Painted Lady Maple 9' 2yr acer palmatum tsuma gaki
Acer palmatum 'Ukishimo'

2,3yr acer palmatum ukishimo
Acer palmatum 'Uki gumo'
The Floating Cloud Maple. Leaves are almost pure white in medium shade, but show more of a pinkish color in full sun 
2yr  ukigumo
Acer palmatum 'Ukon' Upright tree, leaves and bark a matching, attractive shade of green, yellow fall color.  15' 2,3yr 
Acer palmatum 'Villa Taranto' Purple in spring, reddish green in summer, golden fall; elegant carriage 12' 2yr 
Acer palmatum 'Viridis' Excellent green dissected foliage, cascading habit. Does better in partial shade.  4-6' 2yr 
Acer palmatum 'Will D.'

Acer palmatum 'Waterfall' An excellent weeping, dissected green leaf maple. It lives up to its name.  4-6' 2yr 

Acer palmatum 'Winter Flame' Bright red bark in winter, somewhat darker red than 'Sango Kaku' and with more compact growth. 
2yr acer palmatum winter flame