Japanese maple like moist well-drained soil, avoid heavy wet soils.


Can grow in full sun but prefers partial shade because the leaves can burn in full sun especially if the soil becomes dry.

Annual Growth Rate

Japanese maples are slow growing


Japanese maples like acidic to neutral soils.

Root Structure

Flat shallow sensitive root system


Plant Japanese maples into sunny small garden spaces, courtyards or cottage gardens. They also work well in pots.

Annual Pruning

Japanese maple need pruning to remove dead branches, or to shape. Any pruning should take place in the winter when the plant is dormant.


Beautiful deciduous large shrubs or small trees with spring flowers and outstanding leaf colouring.

Japanese maples are one of the most loved plants in the UK. They are slow growing and have many varieties that can mature in size mostly from 3 to 6 metres tall, some taller.

The star of these beautiful Japanese maples are the leaves, usually 5 to 7 lobed, sometimes more, they appear in the spring in various shades, depending on which variety. Examples:

  • ‘Atropurpureum’ has bright red leaves turning dark red in the autumn.
  • ‘Bloodgood’ Has deep red, turning bright red in the autumn.
  • ‘Dissectum’ has fresh green leaves that turn yellow and orange in the autumn
  • ‘Fireglow’ has deep purple leaves that turn scarlet in the autumn.
  • ‘Osakazuki’ leaves open red before turning green throughout the summer and then turn orange to bright crimson in the autumn.

Price & Availability


Spring - Summer

Mature Tree


60-65cm girth 6.5m tall

70-75cm girth 7m tall

80-85cm girth 8m tall

90-100cm girth 10m tall

100+cm girth

Semi-Mature Tree


18-20cm girth 4m tall

25-30cm girth 4.5m tall

35-40cm girth 5m tall

45-50cm girth 5m tall

55-60cm girth 5.5m tall

Young Tree


10-12cm girth 2m tall

14-16cm girth 2.2m tall

16-18cm girth 2.5m tall

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