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Acer palmatum green

Japanese Maple
  • Plant Type:
  • Tree
  • Evergreen-Deciduous:
  • Deciduous
  • Overall Mature Size:
  • Medium
  • Also Grown As:
  • Natural Low Branching
  • Mature Height & Spread :
  • 20' x 20'
  • Natural Growth Habit:
  • Rounded
  • Native To:
  • Asia, Japan
  • Exposure:
  • Full Sun, Partial Shade
  • Water:
  • Medium Water
  • Flower Color:
  • Insignificant
  • Special Features:
  • Attracts Birds/Butterflies, Cold Hardy, Deer Resistant, Fall Color, Intermountain Conditions, Shade Tolerant
  • Container Sizes:
  • #5, 12" Deco Pot, #15, 24" Box, 36" Box, 48" Box, 60" Box
  • Sunset Garden Zones:
  • 2-10, 12, 14-24
  • Minimum USDA Hardiness Zone:
  • 5


Japanese maples were introduced to western society by the Swedish doctor, Carl Peter Thunberg in the late 1700’s. He named the species “palmatum” for its leaves’ resemblance to the open human palm. A slow growing deciduous tree that confines itself to 20 feet in height with a slightly greater spread, its natural shape is multi-trunked and resembling a large umbrella. The leaves are 2-4 inches long and are deeply cut into 5-9 lobes. Providing interest nearly year-round, the leaves are green when they emerge in the early spring then scarlet, orange, or yellow in the fall. In southern California and other warm climates, it is wise to shelter it from hot, dry winds and direct sun and to give it consistent water. These are particularly well-suited to containers and to bonsai but they are equally lovely in a garden setting. Their non-invasive root systems make them excellent subjects next to patios or walkways.