The Q&A Archives: Japanese Maples

Question: Since I live in Florida right on the Gulf coast (Tampa Bay area), can I have a Japanese maple of any type? I love the lacy colored leaves.

Answer: Acer palmatum 'Atropurpureum' ('Atropurpureum' Japanese Maple) grows well in your region, according to the University of Florida. This red leaf Japanese maple has finely-divided, lacy leaves of a deep red in the spring but foliage color fades to light green in early summer. Leaves take on a beautiful golden, orange or red color in fall. A small, deciduous tree with delicate, upright branches, `Atropurpureum' Japanese maple reaches a height and spread of about 20 feet, forming a vase shaped specimen tree. The multiple trunks are picturesque and show nicely when lit up at night from beneath the canopy. This cultivar of Japanese maple is grown for its colored leaves and interesting growth habit. This tree will develop leaf scorch if it receives afternoon sunshine so be sure to plant it in a protected area.

Best wishes with your new maple!

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