(Downy Japanese Maple, Fullmoon Maple, Grape-leaved Downy Japanese Maple)
Fullmoon maple is a small, often multi-stemmed, deciduous tree native to Northeast Asia. The elegant, broad-spreading branches of the cultivar 'Vitifolium' are clothed with bold, lobed leaves that recall those of grape. They turn brilliant shades in fall. Attractive red flowers appear with the emerging leaves, followed by winged red fruits. The smooth gray bark provides winter interest.
Tolerant of most soils and sun or partial shade, fullmoon maple is a good tree for the lawn, shade garden,...
James H. Schutte
(California Ash-Leaved Maple, California Boxelder)
Somewhat smaller than most others of its kind, California box elder is a short-lived deciduous tree native to much of the state whose name it bears. Typically low-branched with furrowed light gray to gray-brown bark, it has downy, bright green, compound leaves with three or sometimes five leaflets. Inconspicuous greenish yellow flowers emerge with the leaves. Male and female flowers occur on separate trees. Female trees bear two-winged fruits that mature from green to reddish-brown.
Lovely in all seasons, this deciduous maple from China and Japan offers a compact rounded habit, handsome foliage, brilliant fall color, and attractive bark. Its densely branched crown is set with lush, relatively large three-lobed leaves that emerge in mid-spring, about the same time as the ornamentally insignificant yellow flowers. Two-winged fruits follow the flowers, maturing from green to brown. The foliage turns yellow in fall, often combined with dazzling tones of red and orange. Smooth gray...
Gerald L. Klingaman
The beautiful and ubiquitous Japanese maple is a garden staple. A native of eastern Asia, this medium-sized deciduous tree has a broad rounded canopy and packs a powerful punch when it comes to ornamental value. Its palmate foliage may be green, purple or burgundy-red, depending on the cultivar, and can turn vivid shades of yellow, bronze orange or red in fall. Like all maples, it bears inconspicuous flowers in the spring. These are followed by red or green helicopter-like fruits called samaras....
Gerald L. Klingaman
The beautiful Japanese maple is a small tree native to eastern Asia. Its compact cultivar 'Aka-shigitatsu-sawa' features striking variegated leaves, which are creamy white with green edges and pink and burgundy highlights. Its palmate (hand-shaped leaves are elegantly divided into narrow lobes. In winter, the stark gray branches will add to any garden or landscape.
This maple prefers sites with rich, well drained soil and part sun to part shade. Versatile in the landscape, 'Aka-shigitatsu-sawa'...
James H. Schutte
(Atrolineare Japanese Maple, Japanese Maple, Red Pygmy Japanese Maple)
The beautiful and ubiquitous Japanese maple is a small deciduous tree native to eastern Asia. Its cultivar 'Atrolineare' features red, palmate (hand-shaped) leaves that are divided into narrow finger-like lobes. The gray bark is attractive throughout the year.
This maple grows best in moist well drained soil and part shade. Japanese maples are very versatile; they work well as a garden specimen, in containers, and for bonsai.
(Dwarf Purple-leaved Japanese Maple, Japanese Maple)
The beautiful and ubiquitous Japanese maple is a small deciduous tree native to eastern Asia. A colorful and fast growing cultivar introduced in the early twentieth century, 'Atropurpureum Novum' has five-lobed, palmate (hand-shaped) leaves which emerge purplish-red in spring, fade to bronzy green in summer, and turn fiery tones in fall. Clusters of red flowers dangle from the branches in spring, followed by small green two-winged fruits that mature to red-brown. In winter, the stark gray branches...