Acer palmatum

Japanese Maple

Technical information

Height: 4m x Width: 4m

Habit & Growth rate: Slow growing with a moderate life span. The Acer palmatum has a rounded vase habit that tends to be symmetrical.

Foliage: Acer palmatum display dark green or red, five lobed leaves which change to various shades of gold and red in autumn. They have insignificant small red flowers in spring.


A very popular small tree because of its attractive foliage and autumn coloours. Prefers well-drained soils but is adaptable to a wide range of soil types. Performs best in shade and should avoid planting in areas with hot summer winds to avoid stress on the tree and scorched leaves. The Acer palmatum is a great specimen tree and is suitable for gardens where space is restricted. 

Reference: Trees for Urban and Suburban Landscapes © 1997
Edward F Gilman

All plant dimensions are estimates only and ultimate size and growth rates will depend on growing conditions, particularly when used in some urban environments.