Photo and cultural info courtesy of Floridata.com
Japanese maple is a deciduous shrub or small tree with a broad,
rounded shape. The canopy is wispy and delicate.
The species usually stays about 15-20' tall and wide, but can
get larger under ideal conditions. The palmate leaves are 2-5"
long and wide, and deeply dissected with 5-11 lobes. The lobes
are lance-shaped, sharply pointed at the tips and doubly
toothed on the edges. Japanese maple has slender, glabrous
twigs and smooth gray bark. Branches tend to grow in horizontal
layers, and often are contorted and twisted.
The leaves turn brilliant shades of scarlet, yellow or orange
Location: Native to China, Korea and Japan. This lovely plant
is greatly admired and is grown in temperate gardens and
landscapes all over the world.
Culture: Needs a fertile, well-drained, acidic soil.
Light: Partial or filtered shade is best in warmer regions. In
Florida, full shade is okay. Farther north, more sun is better.
The purple-leaved cultivars require full sun or their leaves
will be green.
Moisture: Not drought tolerant. Japanese maple does best with
Hardiness: USDA Zones 5 - 8. Features: Japanese maple is the
most popular garden maple. Its compact size, pretty lacy
foliage, brilliant fall color and picturesque branch
architecture find favor among gardeners everywhere.