Kelli, I've poked around online and asked a couple nursery folks what they thought - and I have not been able to come up with any reason not to use J. maple leaves for mulch. I'd go for it if I was you. Their color holds better than other leaves I think. My aspen, for example, turn kind of a golden color on the tree, but when they drop and are mulched they are just a dirty brown color. Not a bad look, but I like the warmer tones of the maple leaves.