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Japanese Maple

Few plants are more beautiful than a Japanese maple in its full fall finery. And happily, there are numerous ways to use this little tree in your yard -- try it as a specimen in a partly shaded spot, for example, or use it as a focal point in a mixed border.

Name: Acer palmatum selections

Size: From 6 to 25 feet tall and wide

Zones: 6-8

Standout Varieties: 'Bloodgood' is a common selection with fine-texture burgundy foliage that turns red in autumn; 'Sango-kaku' has red branches that stand out after it loses its foliage in fall.

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