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
Wako nishiki
Acer campestre
Carnival Sun to part sun 5 ft Dwarf Green/White Green/White Yellow yes
Postelense Sun 8-12 Upright Yelllow Green Yellow Yes
Acer circinatum
Burgundy Jewel Sun to part sun 6 ft Upright Purple/Red Purple/Red Orange/Red
Pacific Fire Sun to part sun 8 ft Upright Green Green Yellow
Sunglow Sun to part sun 5 ft Upright Apricot/Yellow Yellow Orange/Red
Sunny Sister Sun to part sun 6 ft Upright Apricot Yellow/Green Yellow Yes
Acer japonicum
Abby's Weeping Sun to part sun 3 ft Weeping Green Green Orange/Red/Yellow Dissectum
Aconitifolium Sun to part sun 8 ft Upright Green Green Orange/Red
Ao jutan Sun to part sun 3 ft Weeping Green Green Red/Orange/Yellow
Emmett's Pumpkin Sun to part sun 6 ft Upright Green/Orange Green Bright Orange
Fairy Lights Sun to part sun 5 ft Dwarf Green Green Yellow/Orange/Red
O isami Sun to part sun 10 ft Upright Green/Yellow Green Yellow/Red
O taki
Ogurayama Sun to part sun 10 ft Upright Green Green Orange/Red
Orange Fan
Oregon Fern
Takinogawa Sun to part sun 8 ft Upright Green Green Yellow/Orange/Red
Acer palmatum
Abigail Rose Part sun 3 ft Dwarf Peach/Pink Green/Pink Orange Palmate Yes
Acer palmatum 'Red'
Adrian's Compact Sun to part sun 5 ft Dwarf Red Red Orange/Red Palmate Yes
Akane Part sun 6 ft Upright Apricot/Yellow Yellow/Green Orange Palmate Yes
Akita yatsubusa Sun to part sun 2.5 Dwarf Green Green Red Palmate Ideal
Amagi shigure Sun to part sun 6 ft Upright Red Red Orange Matsumurae
Amber Ghost Part sun 10 ft Upright Amber Amber/Green Red/Orange Matsumurae
Aoba jo
Arakawa Sun to part sun 8 ft Upright Green Green Yellow Palmate Yes
Aratama Sun to part sun 3 ft Dwarf Red Red Orange Palmate
Ariadne Part sun 7 ft Upright Pink/Orange Orange/Green Orange Matsumurae
Asagi nishiki Sun to part sun 7 ft Upright Yellow/Green Green Bright Red Matsumurae
Asahi zuru Sun to part sun 8 ft Upright Green/Pink/White Green/Pink/White Orange/Yellow Palmate
Augustilobum Sun to part sun 4 ft Weeping Green Green Orange/Yellow Dissectum
Autumn Fire Sun to part sun 4 ft Weeping Green/Rose Green Bright Red Dissectum
Baby Ghost Sun to part sun 6 ft Upright Peach/Green Green Orange/Red Palmate
Baby Lace Sun to part sun 2 ft Dwarf Orange/Red Orange/Red Orange/Red Dissectum Yes
Baldsmith Sun to part sun 5 ft Weeping Orange/Red Bronze/Green Orange Dissectum
Beni Hagoromo Sun to part sun 7 ft Dwarf Red Bronze/Red Yellow/Orange Palmate
Beni hime Sun to part sun 3 ft Dwarf Pink/Red Green/Red Orange/Red Palmate Ideal
Beni kawa
Beni kumo no su Sun to part sun 3 ft Weeping Red Bronze/Red Bright Red Dissectum
Beni maiko Sun to part sun 6 ft Upright Bright Red Green Bright Red Palmate
Beni schichihenge Part sun 6 ft Upright Green/Pink/White Green/Pink/White Red/Orange Palmate Yes
Beni shi en Sun to part sun 8 ft Upright Red Red/Green Orange Palmate
Beni yubi gohon Sun to part sun 5 ft Upright Red Red Red/Orange Linearilobum Yes
Berrima Bridge Sun to part sun 4 ft Weeping Orange/Bronze/Pink Orange/Bronze Red/Orange Dissectum
Bihou Sun to part sun 7 ft Upright Yellow/Green Green Orange/Yellow Palmate Yes
Bloodgood Sun to part sun 12 ft Upright Red Red Bright Red Palmate
Bonfire Sun to part sun 5 ft Dwarf Pink/Orange Green Bright Red Palmate Ideal
Brocade Sun to part sun 2 ft Weeping Red Red Orange/Red Dissectum
Bronzewing Sun to part sun 4 ft Weeping Bronze/Pink Bronze Orange/Yellow Dissectum
Calico Sun to part sun 8 ft Upright Apricot/Yellow Yellow/Green Yellow/Orange/Red Palmate Yes
Chantilly Lace Sun to part sun 4 ft Weeping Orange/Red Green Coral Red Dissectum
Coral Pink Sun to part sun 6 ft Dwarf Coral/Pink Green/Rose Orange Palmate yes
Corallinum Sun to part sun 4 ft Dwarf Coral Coral/Green Red Palmate Ideal
Cotton Candy
Crimson Carole Sun to part sun 10 ft Upright Red/Orange Red Bright Red Matsumurae
Crimson Queen Sun to part sun 5 ft Weeping Red Red Bright Red Dissectum
Dr. Brown Sun to part sun 3 ft Weeping Bronze/Red Green Yellow/Orange Dissectum
Dragon's Fire Sun to part sun 3 ft Weeping Bronze/Red Bronze/Red Yellow/Orange Dissectum
Eagle Claw Sun to part sun 3 ft Weeping Green Green Yellow/Orange Dissectum
Emerald Lace Sun to part sun 5 ft Weeping Green Green Orange Dissectum
Emma Sun to part sun 3 ft Weeping Orange/Pink Bronze Orange/Red Dissectum
English Lace
Enkan Sun to part sun 6 ft Upright Red Red Orange/Red Lineralobum yes
Fairy Hair Sun to part sun 3 ft Dwarf Green Green Orange/Red Linearilobum Yes
Festival Sun to part sun 12 ft Upright Green Green Red/Yellow Palmate
Filigree Sun to part sun 3 ft Weeping Yellow/Green Green Yellow/Orange Dissectum
Fireglow Sun to part sun 10 ft Upright Red Red Bright Red Amoenum
First Ghost Part sun 7 ft Upright White/Cream/Green Green/Cream Yellow/Orange Matsumurae
Flavescens
Garnet Sun 6 ft Weeping Red Red Bright Red Dissectum
Geisha Part sun 3 ft Dwarf Red/Pink/Cream Green/Red Bright Red Palmate Yes
Geisha Gone Wild Sun to part sun 6 ft Upright Red/Pink/Green Red/Pink/Green Orange/Red Palmate Yes
Ghost Dancer
Ginja Sun to part sun 8 ft Upright Green/Bright Green Green/Bright Green Yellow/Orange Palmate
Ginshi
Goshiki Shidare Part sun 3 ft Weeping White/Pink/Green White/Pink/Green Yellow/Orange/Red Dissectum
Green River Sun to part sun 3 ft Weeping Green Green Yellow Dissectum
Groundcover Sun to part sun 1 ft Dwarf Green Green Orange Palmate Ideal
Hama otome Sun to part sun 7 ft Upright Yellow/Green Yellow/Green Yellow/Orange Matsumurae
Hana Matoi Sun to part sun 3 ft Weeping Red/Pink/White Red/Pink/White Orange/Yellow Dissectum
Hana tsukasa
Heartbeat Sun to part sun 3 ft Weeping Green/Red Green/Red Bright Red Dissectum
Helena Sun to part sun 4 ft Dwarf Pink/Orange Green Orange/Red Palmate Ideal
Hupp's Dwarf Sun to part sun 2 ft Dwarf Green/Rose Green/Rose Orange Palmate Ideal
Iijima sunago Sun to part sun 8 ft Upright Chocolate/Brown Bronze/Red Yellow/Orange Amoenum
Ikandi
Ilarian Sun to part sun 8 ft Upright Green/White/PInk Green/White/PInk Orange Palmate Yes
Inaba shidare Sun to part sun 4 ft Weeping Red Red Bright Red Dissectum
Irish Lace
Itami Nibluki Sun to part sun 5 ft Upright Rose/Red Green/Red Orange/Yellow Palmate Yes
Japanese Princess Sun to part sun 2 ft Dwarf Red/Pink Red/Pink Orange/Red Palmate Yes
Jeddeloh Orange Sun to part sun 4 ft Weeping Orange/Green Green Orange Dissectum
Jerre Schwartz Sun to part sun 4 ft Dwarf Red Red/Green Bright Red Matsumurae Yes
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
Katsura Sun to part sun 9 ft Upright Orange Yellow/Green Yellow/Orange Palmate yes
Kawahara Rose Sun to part sun 6 ft Upright Coral/Pink Green/Rose Yellow/Orange Palmate
Kenbu
Killarney
Kinky Krinkle Sun to part sun 8 ft Upright Green Green Yellow/Orange/Red Palmate
Kinran
Kiyohime Sun to part sun 2 ft Dwarf Green/Red Green Orange/Yellow Palmate Ideal
Ko chidori Sun to part sun 4 ft Dwarf Green/Red Green Orange/Red Palmate ideal
Komachi hime
Korean Gem Sun to part sun 10ft Upright Green Green Red Amoenum
Koto Maru Sun to part sun 4 ft Dwarf Yellow/Green Green Orange/Yellow Palmate Yes
Koto no ito Sun to part sun 6 ft Upright Yellow/Green Green Yellow Linearilobum Yes
Kotobuki
Kuro hime Sun to part sun 2 ft Dwarf Peach/Red Bronze Red Palmate Ideal
Kurui jishi Sun to part sun 3 ft Dwarf Green Green Orange/Yellow Palmate
Lemon Lime Lace Sun to part sun 3 ft Weeping Green Green Yellow Dissectum
Little Princess Sun to part sun 4 ft Dwarf Green/Red Green Orange/Red Palmate Ideal
Mama
Manyo no sato Sun to part sun 6 ft Upright Yellow/Green Yellow/Green Orange/Red Palmate
Margaret
Mayday
Mikawa yatsubusa Sun to part sun 3 ft Dwarf Green Green Orange Palmate Yes
Mikazuki Sun to part sun 8 ft Upright Pink Pink/Green Orange Matsumurae
Mimaye Sun to part sun 4 ft Dwarf Yellow/Green Green Orange/Yellow Palmate Yes
Miwa Sun to part sun 6 ft Upright Matsumurae
Moonfire Sun to part sun 8 ft Upright Red Red Bright Red Amoenum
Muro gawa
Mussashino Sun to part sun 12 ft Upright Red Red Bright Red Palmate
Nishiki Gawa Sun to part sun 12 ft Upright Green Green Orange/Yellow Palmate Yes
Octopus Sun to part sun 4 ft Weeping Red Red Bright Red Dissectum
Okushimo Sun to part sun 8 ft Upright Green Green Yellow Palmate Yes
Olsen's Frosted Strawberry Part sun 6 ft Upright Pink/Red Bronze/Red Orange/Yellow Matsumurae
Omato Sun to part sun 8 ft Upright Green Green Bright Red Amoenum
Omure yama Sun to part sun 8 ft Upright Green Green Orange/Red Matsumurae
Orange Dream Part sun 8 ft Upright Orange Yellow/Green Yellow Palmate yes
Orangeola Sun to part sun 4 ft Weeping Orange/Red Orange/Green Orange/Red Dissectum
Ori zuru Sun to part sun 6-8 ft Upright Green/Pink/White Green/Pink/White Yellow/Orange Palmate Yes
Orido Nishiki Part sun 10 ft Upright Green/Pink/White Green/Pink/White Orange/Red Palmate
Ornatum Sun to part sun 4 ft Weeping Bronze/Orange Bronze Orange Dissectum
Osakazuki Sun to part sun 10 ft Upright Green Green Bright Red Amoenum
Otto's Dissectum Sun to part sun 3 ft Weeping Orange/Green Orange/Green Orange/Red Dissectum
Peaches & Cream Part sun 8 ft Upright Cream/Rose Green/Rose Yellow Matsumurae
Peridot Flame
Peve Starfish
Phoenix Sun to part sun 4 ft Upright Pink/Red Green/Rose Orange/Red Palmate
Pink Filigree Sun to part sun 3 ft Weeping Pink/Red Pink/Red Orange/Red Dissectum
Pung Kil Sun to part sun 7 ft Upright Red Red Bright Red Linearilobum
Purple Ghost Sun to part sun 8 ft Upright Red Red Orange/Red Matsumurae
Radiant Sun to part sun 8-12 Upright Green/Rose/Salmon Green/Rose/Salmon/White Orange/Red Palmate
Red Baron
Red Dragon Sun to part sun 4 ft Weeping Red Red Bright Red Dissectum
Red Feathers Sun to part sun 2 ft Weeping Red Red Bright Red Dissectum
Red Filigree Lace Sun to part sun 2 ft Weeping Red Red Bright Red Dissectum
Red Flash Sun to part sun 9 ft Upright Red Red Bright Red Palmate
Red Spider Web Sun to part sun 2 ft Weeping Red Red Bright Red Dissectum
Ruby Stars Sun to part sun 3 ft Dwarf Red/Pink Red Bright Red Palmate Ideal
Ruslyn in the Pink Sun to part sun 6 ft Upright Red/Pink Red Orange/Red Palmate
Ruth's Red Sun to part sun 10 ft Upright Red Red Bright Red
Ryoku ryu Sun to part sun 5 ft Dwarf Green/Rose Green Orange/Red Palmate Yes
Ryusen Sun to part sun 3 ft Weeping Green Green Orange/Yellow Palmate
Sagara Nishiki Sun to part sun 7 ft Upright Green/Yellow Green/Yellow Orange/Yellow Palmate
Samurai Sword
Sango Kaku Sun to part sun 10 ft Upright Green Green Yellow/Orange Palmate Yes
Seigen Sun to part sun 3 ft Dwarf Pink/Red Green Orange/Red Palmate Ideal
Seiryu Sun to part sun 10 ft Upright Green Green Orange Dissectum
Shaina Sun to part sun 3 ft Dwarf Red Red Orange/Red Palmate Ideal
Sharp's Pygmy Sun to part sun 3 ft Dwarf Green Green Orange/Red Palmate Ideal
Sherwood Elfin Sun to part sun 3 ft Weeping Red Red Bright Red Dissectum
Sherwood Flame Sun to part sun 8-10 ft Upright Red Red Bright Scarlet Matsumurae
Shidava Gold Sun to part sun 6 ft Upright Yellow Yellow/Green Yellow Palmate
Shigitatsu sawa Sun to part sun 5 ft Upright White/Yellow/Green Green Bright Red Matsumurae
Shin hikasa Part sun 3 ft Dwarf Peach/Pink White/Green Orange/Yellow Palmate Yes
Shino buga oka Sun to part sun 6 ft Upright Green Green Yellow Linearilobum
Shiraz Sun to part sun 6 ft Upright Red/Pink/Green Green/Red/Pink Bright Red Matsumurae
Shiro Sun 9 ft Upright Green White/Green Yellow/Orange Palmate
Shishigashira Sun to part sun 6 ft Dwarf Green Green Orange Palmate Ideal
Shishio hime Sun to part sun 2 ft Dwarf Green/Red Green Yellow Palmate Ideal
Shojo no mai Part sun 8 ft Upright Green/Pink/White Green/Pink/White Orange/Red Palmate Yes
Shu shidare Sun to part sun 3 ft Weeping Orange Green/Orange Orange/Red Dissectum
Sister Ghost Sun to part sun 6 ft Upright Yellow/White Yellow/Green Orange/Red Matsumurae
Squitty Part sun 2 ft Dwarf Pink/Green Pink/Green Orange/Red Palmate Yes
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
Sunset Sun to part sun 5 ft Weeping Red/Green Red/Green Orange/Red Dissectum
Tama Hime Sun to part sun 2 ft Dwarf Green/Rose Green Orange/Yellow Palmate Ideal
Tamuke yama Sun to part sun 5 ft Weeping Red Red Bright Red Dissectum
The Bishop
Toyama nishiki Part sun 4 ft Weeping Pink/White/Green Pink/White/Green Orange/Yellow Dissectum
Tsukasa Silhouette Sun to part sun 10 ft Upright Green Green Orange/Red Palmate
Tsuma Beni Sun to part sun 6 ft Upright Green/Red Green/Red Orange/Red Amoenum
Tsuri nishiki
Twombly's Red Sentinel Sun to part sun 10 ft Upright Red Red Bright Red Palmate
Ukon
Usu midori Sun to part sun 4 ft Dwarf Yellow Yellow/Green Orange/Red Palmate
Van den Akker Sun to part sun 3 ft Weeping Orange/Red Orange/Red Yellow/Orange Dissectum
Verkade's Jacus Potus Sun to part sun 7-8 ft Upright Red Rose-Red Orange Palmate
Viridis Sun to part sun 4 ft Weeping Green Green Orange/Red Dissectum
Washi no o
Watnong
White Butterfly Part sun 7 ft Upright Green/Pink/White Green/White Yellow/Orange Palmate Ideal
White Peaches Part sun 8 ft Upright Cream/Rose/Red Green/Rose Yellow/Orange Matsumurae
Wilson's Pink Dwarf Sun to part sun 5 ft Dwarf Pink Green Orange/Yellow Palmate Ideal
Winter Flame Sun to part sun 6 ft Upright Green Green Yellow/Orange Palmate Yes
Yuri Hime Sun to part sun 3 ft Dwarf Green Green Orange/Yellow Palmate Ideal
Acer shirasawanum
Aureum Full Moon Maple Sun to part sun 6 ft Upright Yellow Yellow/Green Yellow/Orange Yes
Autumn Moon Sun or part sun 6 ft Upright Peach/Yellow Yellow-Green Red/Orange
Garden Glory Sun to part sun 8 ft Upright Green Green Orange/Red
Gloria Sun to part sun 5 ft Upright Red Red Bright Red
Jordan Sun to part sun 8 ft Upright Yellow Yellow/Green Yellow/Orange
Kawaii Sun to part sun 2 ft Weeping Orange/Red Orange/Red Orange/Red Dissectum
Moonrise part sun 7 ft Upright Red/Peach/Yellow Yellow/Green Orange/Red
Palmatifolium Sun to part sun 8 ft Upright Green Green Red/Yellow
Red Dawn Sun to part sun 8 ft Upright Red Bronze/Green Orange/Red
Seasons of Change
Sensu Sun to part sun 9 ft Upright Green Green Orange
Yasemin Sun to part sun 10 ft Upright Red Bronze/Green Bright Red




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