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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.

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Amur maple
Amur maple
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
'Beni Kawa' Japanese maple
'Beni Kawa' Japanese maple
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
'Beni Schichihenge' Japanese maple
'Beni Schichihenge' Japanese maple
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
'Bloodgood' Japanese maple
'Bloodgood' Japanese maple
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
Columnar Norway maple
Columnar Norway maple
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
'Crimson Queen' Japanese maple
'Crimson Queen' Japanese maple
Acer palmatum 'Crimson Queen' offers arching branches and finely textured reddish-purple foliage. It grows only 12 feet tall and wide. Zones 6-8
'Dissectum Atropurpureum' Japanese maple
'Dissectum Atropurpureum' Japanese maple
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
Full-moon maple
Full-moon maple
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
Golden full-moon maple
Golden full-moon maple
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
'Higasayama' Japanese maple
'Higasayama' Japanese maple
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
Norway maple
Norway maple
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
Paperbark maple
Paperbark maple
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
Red maple
Red maple
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
Sugar maple
Sugar maple
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.
Threeflower maple
Threeflower maple
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
Variegated hornbeam maple
Variegated hornbeam maple
Acer crataegifolium 'Veitchii' features white-streaked bark and foliage liberally streaked with white. It grows 20 feet tall and wide. Zones 6-8
'Villa Taranto' Japanese maple
'Villa Taranto' Japanese maple
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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