Japanese Maple Trees for Sale Online

Japanese Maples (Acer Palmatum) are one of the most collected, versatile and desirable trees sold in nurseries today. 

Japanese Maples are coveted as bonsai trees and adored the world over for their structural shape. Forms of this beloved tree include upright, weeping, cascading or almost shrub-like. Varieties have red or green leaves throughout the growing season. All Japanese Maples provide quite a show in autumn, with yellow, orange, red-purple or bronze leaves. 

Japanese Maple Trees for Sale Online

Japanese maple trees (Acer palmatum) are beautiful and versatile additions to any landscape. Some varieties leaf out in brilliant shades of red in the spring, then change to green by summer and finish the fall in yellows and oranges. 

Other Japanese Maples start red and stay red until their leaves drop in autumn, revealing their sculptural forms. The leaves can be palm-shaped or lacy, almost feathery, and come in various colors including red, green, orange, purple, white, and pink.

Japanese Maples are not difficult to grow but are slow growing. These trees prefer protection from the hot midday sun whenever possible. Japanese Maples will grow in any type of soil, except in continually wet, boggy areas.

Hardiness Zone Considerations for Japanese Maples

When we discuss hardiness zones, we typically refer to withstanding cold winter temperatures. However, for Japanese Maples, particularly in hotter regions, the main concern is heat and sun-scorch.

Growing Japanese Maple trees in shadier locations and providing sufficient water in summer can prevent leaf scorch.  Savvy gardeners plant Japanese Maple as an understory tree or in the shade of a house or patio to protect it from the hottest part of the day.

Using Japanese Maples in the Garden

Japanese Maples make an ideal tree for suburban and urban gardens. The shade provided by large buildings or closely spaced homes creates the optimal conditions for these beautiful trees. Highly useful in a variety of settings, a Japanese Maple can dazzle as a focal point in a front yard garden bed or a zen patio container.  

Japanese Maples will thrive in the shade of larger deciduous shade trees such as red maples or oaks. The largest Japanese Maples will grow to 20 feet, and dwarf varieties will grow to 6-10 feet.  These slow-growing trees rarely need pruning, unless to control their size. A dwarf Japanese Maple may be the perfect specimen for a little bonsai art.  

Popular Types of Japanese Maples

We offer an outstanding collection of Japanese Maples. All the varieties we've selected have been extensively tested in our trial gardens and have proven themselves to be all-around great trees. Here are just a few of our standout Japanese Maples: 

Coral Bark or Sangu Kaku: An upright tree with green leaves that turn a warm yellow in fall. The unique coral-pink bark of the Sangu Kaku makes it a standout. This tree provides a pop of color while the rest of the garden is asleep, and looks stunning against a backdrop of snow. 

Bloodgood: One of the hardiest varieties of all, growing happily with winter temps that can fall into the minus '30s. This Japanese Maple can grow in many conditions, including poor and acidic soils, part sun, and part shade. 

Crimson Queen: Has one of the most heavily dissected leaves, providing a feathery, lacy look. Perfect for use as a specimen or accent around the home, yard or patio. Crimson Queen is an excellent understory tree and can bring color to the shaded areas of a woodland garden. 

Inaba Shidare: One of the best and most visually stunning of any Japanese Maples. Compact enough for any garden, it is covered with gorgeous red, lacy leaves that cascade down from its upright-growing trunk. It's a low-branching, dwarf tree with a delicate weeping effect.

Red Dragon: The deep dissection of the purple leaves truly makes this tree a standout. As temperatures cool off in the fall, the foliage of Red Dragon changes to a bright, red color. This graceful, small tree creates a stunning specimen or accent for lightly shaded gardens or patios and is ideal for containers.

Waterfall: This highly improved selection makes an attractive garden or patio tree. The beautiful cascading branches produce large, finely cut green leaves all summer and golden yellow shades in the fall. A perfect choice for a small tree for use as a garden accent or container tree.

Shishigashira or Lion’s Head: A popular cultivar with dense tufts of crinkled deep green leaves on each branch, resembling the mane of a lion. The leaves are resistant to burning in full sun. This tree is an outstanding specimen in a patio container or as a focal point in the landscape, and its sculptural effect only improves as it ages.