Japanese Maple

Japanese Maple Trees

The Japanese maple tree is a deciduous shrub that reaches a height of 6 to 10 meters tall. It has multiple trunks joining close to the ground and is often shaped like a hemisphere or takes a dome-like form when it matures. The leaves are 4-12 cm long and wide, palmately lobed with five or seven acutely pointed lobes. The flowers of the Bloodgood Japanese maple are produced in small cymes; the individual flowers with five have five red or purple sepals and white petals.

The Japanese maple is the cornerstone of Japanese gardening, with its magnificent leaf color and shape. The Japanese Red Maple tree lends a sense of grace to any home or open space. It is an ornamental tree, typically planted for its visual interest and beauty it can bring to the landscape.

The Japanese Maple grows in acidic, loamy, moist, rich, sandy, silty loam, well-drained and clay soils. It prefers moist and well-drained soil conditions. Surprisingly it is drought tolerant and manages to maintain healthy appearance throughout the year.

Planting Your Japanese Maple Tree

The hole should be dug slightly larger than the root system of the plant. To help the roots establish themselves quickly, it helps to mix the soil with organic compost that is recommended but not necessarily needed.

The root collar of the plant, the ground line on the stem where the young plant was grown, should be level with the ground surface.

  1. Mulching

Mulching around your Japanese Maple helps to maintain a weed free area, minimizes water loss in dry conditions, and provides winter protection for the roots during cold frosts. The ideal mulch bed is a 2in. layer of coarse bark

  1. Watering

The “average” amount of water supplied to most common lawn and garden plants should be adequate for your new Japanese Maple Tree. During the hot summer months, water your Japanese maple in early morning or evening. This will help protect against a condition known as “scorching” where the leaves appear to have been burnt by the sun, a condition thought to be brought on by watering in the mid-day sun.

  1. Pruning

Your tree will need 2 to 3 years to become firmly established in your lawn or garden. After this period, you may begin to prune your tree if desired, although it is not required.


  • The Japanese maple tree produces beautiful purple and red foliage mostly pronounced during the spring and fall. Its summer leaf color is usually green.
  • The Japanese maple tree can be grown as a small tree or multi-stemmed shrub.
  • It has simple leaves that are up to four inches in length. It features around 5 or 7 lobes which are spread symmetrically from a central point like the fingers of the palm of hand.
  • It should regularly be watered during the dry period if you want it to maintain its foliage, the soil around it should be kept consistently moist.
  • It grows in a rounded shape.

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