Japanese Maple Trees – Acer Palmatumn


The Acer palmatum, or Japanese Maple, is an exquisite, ornamental tree native to East Asia that has become a coveted centrepiece in many British gardens. Diverse in form, colour, and size, Japanese Maples stand out distinctly amidst the English Oaks, Beeches, and Yews that are commonly found across England.

Japanese Maple Trees – Acer Palmatum

The Acer palmatum, or Japanese Maple, is an exquisite, ornamental tree native to East Asia that has become a coveted centrepiece in many British gardens. Diverse in form, colour, and size, Japanese Maples stand out distinctly amidst the English Oaks, Beeches, and Yews that are commonly found across England.

Description and Characteristics

The Japanese Maple is renowned for its unique aesthetics. The delicate, palmate leaves display various colours throughout the year, ranging from lush green to vibrant reds, oranges, and yellows. This deciduous tree drops its leaves in autumn, but not before showcasing a stunning fall display that rivals the often subdued hues of English native trees.

With a diverse variety of cultivars available, the Japanese Maple can have either an upright or weeping growth habit. In the British landscape, it is typically a small to medium-sized tree, reaching 6-10 metres (20-33 feet) at maturity. However, dwarf varieties suitable for smaller gardens or containers are also common.

The growth rate of a Japanese Maple is relatively slow, typically around 30-60cm (1-2 feet) per year, contributing to a lifespan that can easily exceed a century given optimal conditions. The tallest known Japanese Maple in the UK, residing in Dorset, reaches an impressive height of over 14 metres.

Flowering, Berries, and Reproduction

Japanese Maples produce small, often unnoticed, purplish-red flowers in spring. These blooms give way to pairs of winged seeds known as samaras, which mature in late summer to early autumn and are dispersed by the wind. The tree’s reproduction process is completed when these seeds germinate the following spring.

Benefits to Wildlife

Although not native, Japanese Maples provide various benefits to UK wildlife. Birds find shelter and potential nesting sites amidst their branches, while various insects, attracted to the tree’s flowers, aid in pollination. Squirrels and other small mammals may also feast on the seeds.

Ideal for British Gardens

Japanese Maples are highly versatile and bring year-round interest to British gardens, with their spring and autumn colours, summer shade, and intriguing winter branch patterns. They are particularly effective in Japanese-style garden designs or as specimen trees, though they also blend well with other ornamental plants in more traditional British gardens.

This tree prefers partial shade, though it can tolerate full sun, making it adaptable to various garden orientations. It also prefers well-draining, slightly acidic soil, typical of many garden conditions in the UK.

Distribution in the UK

Japanese Maples are commonly found throughout the UK, particularly in domestic gardens, public parks, and botanical gardens where their aesthetic appeal is highly valued. They are especially abundant in regions like London, Surrey, and other parts of South East England where the climate and soil conditions are most favourable.

In summary, the Japanese Maple, with its enchanting aesthetics, adaptability, and wildlife benefits, makes a valuable addition to any British garden. Whether you’re aiming for a traditional English design or a Japanese-inspired landscape, this tree’s year-round charm and elegance can significantly enhance your garden’s appeal.


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Root Type

Pot Grown, Rootball, Bare Root


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Stem Girth

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Foliage Type



Not Native

Water Requirement

Moderate Watering

Growth Height

Small Growing

Growth Speed

Slow Growing

Costal Growing






Colourful Foliage?


Hard Wood Cutbacks?



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