Japanese maple trees can provide a striking focal point, be the perfect plant to set off a large container, or grow into an impressive bonsai specimen. There are hundreds of Japanese maple varieties that come in various sizes with a large assortment of leaf shapes and colors that range from shades of green to orange, red, purple, and variegated.
Providing the right amount of light can be a balancing act. Too much light can damage delicate leaves. Too little light, and some of the more colourful varieties will take on a greenish tone — still attractive, but not the brilliant fall colour of reds and purples as would be expected. For best colour, most maples need a location with part day’s sun or at least high light.
Famous for their phenomenal fall colours, Japanese maples also present purples, reds, yellows, oranges, and greens as well as variegation throughout the growing season.