Japanese Maple Reference Chart

Some things to keep in mind when using this chart:
Exposure is variable depending on zone. Japanese maples often require more shade when grown in hotter climates.

Mature size is variable depending on climate and growing conditions.

Fall color will often vary depending on weather conditions leading up to the Fall season.

All Japanese maples can be used for container or bonsai. However, some varieties are much better suited then others.

Leaf Types:
1. Amoenum-Leaves divided up to two-thirds to the leaf base.
2. Palmate-Leaves divided two-thirds to three-fourths to the leaf base.
3. Matsumurae-Leaves divided more than three-fourths to the leaf base.
4. Dissectum-Leaves deeply dissected (laceleaf)
5. Linearilobum-Leaf lobes narrow and straplike.

Variety Exposure 10 Yr Height Growth Habbit Spring color Summer color Fall color Leaf type Bonsai
Acer buergerianum
Mino yatsubusa Sun to part sun 4 ft Dwarf Green Green Orange/Red Ideal
Acer campestre
Carnival Sun to part sun 5 ft Dwarf Green/White Green/White Yellow yes
Acer circinatum
Monroe Sun to part sun 8 ft Upright Green Green Yellow
Acer japonicum
Green Cascade Sun to part sun 3 ft Weeping Green Green Yellow/Orange/Red Dissectum
Ogurayama Sun to part sun 10 ft Upright Green Green Orange/Red
Oregon Fern
Acer palmatum
Beni kumo no su Sun to part sun 3 ft Weeping Red Bronze/Red Bright Red Dissectum
Brocade Sun to part sun 2 ft Weeping Red Red Orange/Red Dissectum
Emma Sun to part sun 3 ft Weeping Orange/Pink Bronze Orange/Red Dissectum
Filigree Sun to part sun 3 ft Weeping Yellow/Green Green Yellow/Orange Dissectum
Ginja Sun to part sun 8 ft Upright Green/Bright Green Green/Bright Green Yellow/Orange Palmate
Green River Sun to part sun 3 ft Weeping Green Green Yellow Dissectum
Hana Matoi Sun to part sun 3 ft Weeping Red/Pink/White Red/Pink/White Orange/Yellow Dissectum
Helena Sun to part sun 4 ft Dwarf Pink/Orange Green Orange/Red Palmate Ideal
Hime shojo Sun to part sun 3 ft Dwarf Red Red Bright Red Palmate Ideal
Hiryu Sun to part sun 6 ft Upright Bright Green Green Orange/Red Palmate yes
Hitode Sun to part sun 8 ft Upright Green Green Yellow/Orange Amoenum
Hoshi kuzu Sun to part sun 6 ft Upright Green/Yellow Green/Yellow Bright Red Palmate
Hubb's Red Willow Sun to part sun 8 ft Upright Red Red Bright Red Linearilobum
Itame nishiki Sun to part sun 6 ft Upright Green/Yellow Green/Yellow Yellow Palmate
Jiro Shidare Sun to part sun 3 ft Weeping Green Green Orange/Red Palmate
Kagiri nishiki Sun to part sun 8 ft Upright Green/Pink/White Green/White Orange/Red Palmate yes
Kamagata Sun to part sun 4 ft Dwarf Red/Green Green Orange/Yellow Palmate Ideal
Kasen nishiki Sun to part sun 6-8 ft Upright Green/White/Pink Green/White/Pink Palmate Yes
Kinky Krinkle Sun to part sun 8 ft Upright Green Green Yellow/Orange/Red Palmate
Ko chidori Sun to part sun 4 ft Dwarf Green/Red Green Orange/Red Palmate ideal
Lima Gold Sun to part sun 3 ft Dwarf Yellow/Green Yellow/Green Yellow Palmate Ideal
Little Fingers Sun to part sun 6 ft Upright Red Red Orange/Red Linearilobum Yes
Little Princess Sun to part sun 4 ft Dwarf Green/Red Green Orange/Red Palmate Ideal
Mimaye Sun to part sun 4 ft Dwarf Yellow/Green Green Orange/Yellow Palmate Yes
Murakumo Part sun 8 ft Upright Green Green Matsumurae
Ori zuru Sun to part sun 6-8 ft Upright Green/Pink/White Green/Pink/White Yellow/Orange Palmate Yes
Red Falcon 6 ft Upright Red Bronze/Red Red/Orange Palmate
Red Filigree Lace Sun to part sun 2 ft Weeping Red Red Bright Red Dissectum
Red Pygmy Sun to part sun 6 ft Upright Red Green/Red Orange Linearilobum yes
Red Spider Web Sun to part sun 2 ft Weeping Red Red Bright Red Dissectum
Rhode Island Red Sun to part sun 6 ft Upright Red Red Bright Red Palmate
Ruby Ridge Sun to part sun 6 ft Upright Dark Red Red Yellow/Red Matsumurae
Ryoku ryu Sun to part sun 5 ft Dwarf Green/Rose Green Orange/Red Palmate Yes
Shidava Gold Sun to part sun 6 ft Upright Yellow Yellow/Green Yellow Palmate
Shishigashira Sun to part sun 6 ft Dwarf Green Green Orange Palmate Ideal
Spring Delight Sun to part sun 3 ft Weeping Red/Green Green Orange Dissectum
Stella Rossa Sun to part sun 2 ft Weeping Red Red Orange/Red Dissectum
Summer Gold Sun to part sun 6 ft Upright Yellow Yellow Yellow/Orange Palmate
Tamukeyama Sun to part sun 5 ft Weeping Red Red Bright Red Dissectum
Taro yama Sun to part sun 3 ft Dwarf Brown/Green Green Bright Red Palmate Yes
Van den Akker Sun to part sun 3 ft Weeping Orange/Red Orange/Red Yellow/Orange Dissectum
White Butterfly Part sun 7 ft Upright Green/Pink/White Green/White Yellow/Orange Palmate Ideal
Acer shirasawanum
Gloria Sun to part sun 5 ft Upright Red Red Bright Red
Johin Sun to part sun 6 ft Upright Plum/Red Bronze/Red Orange/Red
Kawaii Sun to part sun 2 ft Weeping Orange/Red Orange/Red Orange/Red Dissectum
Red Dawn Sun to part sun 8 ft Upright Red Bronze/Green Orange/Red




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