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Maple


Acer selections

Maple

Maples are the premier trees for providing shade and dramatic fall color. And happily, there's a maple for just about every garden -- from the smaller varieties that stay under 20 feet tall to big species that can reach 100 feet or more. And if you think maples are only showy for their leaves, think again. Some types (such as paperbark and coralbark maples) display intriguing branch color and texture. Others have brightly colored flower clusters.

Note: Some species, such as Norway maple, can become invasive pests; check local restrictions before planting.

Light:
Sun,Part Sun
Zones:
3-9
Plant Type:
Tree
Plant Height:
To 100 feet tall
Plant Width:
To 50 feet wide
Landscape Uses:
Containers,Beds & Borders,Slopes
Special Features:
Attractive Foliage,Fall Color,Winter Interest,Attracts Birds
Top Varieties

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Acer tataricum ginnala has arching branches of small leaves that turn deep red in fall. This small maple is quite popular. It grows 30 feet tall and 25 feet wide. Zones 3-7
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Acer palmatum 'Beni Kawa' features small green leaves that turn golden yellow in fall. Its stems bear reddish tones in winter. It grows 15 feet tall and 12 feet wide. Zones 6-9
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Acer palmatum 'Beni Schichihenge' bears green leaves edged in pink and cream. They turn shades of yellow in fall. It grows 8 feet tall and wide. Zones 6-9
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Acer palmatum 'Bloodgood' is among the most popular Japanese maples thanks to its deeply lobed, dark red leaves that turn bright red in autumn. It grows 15 feet tall and wide. Zones 6-8
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Acer platanoides 'Columnare' fits well in small yards. The tree features dark green leaves that turn bright yellow in autumn. It grows 70 feet tall and 20 feet wide. Zones 3-7
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Acer palmatum 'Crimson Queen' offers arching branches and finely textured reddish-purple foliage. It grows only 12 feet tall and wide. Zones 6-8
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Acer palmatum 'Dissectum Atropurpureum' bears broad, arching branches with finely textured reddish-purple leaves. It grows 8 feet tall and 10 feet wide. Zones 6-8
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Acer japonicum 'Aconitifolium' bears deeply lobed, almost feathery leaves that turn yellow, red, and orange in fall. It grows 10 feet tall and wide. Zones 5-8
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Acer shirasawanum 'Aureum' produces large, pleated leaves that are tinted gold and perfect for adding light to a shady spot. It grows 20 feet tall and wide. Zones 5-7
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Acer palmatum 'Higasayama' bears green leaves marked in pink and white. They turn shades of gold in fall. The tree grows 15 feet tall and wide. Zones 6-8
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Acer platanoides is a stately tree that has a broad, spreading canopy and dark green leaves that turn yellow in autumn. It grows 80 feet tall and 50 feet wide and may be considered an invasive species in some areas. Zones 3-7
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Acer griseum bears peeling, orange-brown bark reminiscent of a river birch on a small tree that features red-orange fall leaf color. It grows 30 feet tall and wide. Zones 4-8
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Acer rubrum has earned its name for its bright red autumn color. It's native to areas of North America and grows 70 feet tall and 30 feet wide. Zones 3-9
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Acer saccharum is among the easiest to grow of all maples. Also called hard maple, it grows 70 feet tall and is hardy in Zones 4-8. It's native to areas of North America.
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Acer triflorum is a delightful small tree with attractive peeling bark and midgreen leaves that turn bold orange and yellow in autumn. It grows 30 feet tall and 25 feet wide. Zones 5-7
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Acer crataegifolium 'Veitchii' features white-streaked bark and foliage liberally streaked with white. It grows 20 feet tall and wide. Zones 6-8
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Acer palmatum 'Villa Taranto' bears spidery leaves that start pink and fade to bright green in summer, then transform to yellow in fall. It grows 10 feet tall and wide. Zones 6-8
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