Japanese Maple color - Knowledgebase Question

buffalo grove, il
Question by katherinesch
June 16, 2007
Dear Expert,

I see burgundy and lime green Japanese Maples in the garden dept. Some of the green ones have red stems. I have been told that all Japanese Maples will turn Burgundy if left in the sun long enough. Further the plant information lables on the green trees show a picture of a burgundy tree.

Do different colors of Japanese Maples actually exit? Is this independent of the leaves being lace like or not?

Thank you.


Answer from NGA
June 16, 2007


There are different colors of Japanese maple or Acer palmatum, yes. Some have consistently green foliage and some have consistently red/purple foliage, some may change color during the summer from red to greenish depending on the amount of sun and temperatures. Then in the fall there is also the seasonal color change. And yes, it is independent of the foliage being lace-like or not. There are hundreds of different named cultivars of Japanese maple, each with its own characteristics. And you may also find trees grown from seed which will have their own variations as well.

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