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8 most common species:
Acer palmatum
Japanese maple
A woody plant native to East Asia, the japanese maple features hand-shaped leaves with five-pointed lobes that resemble the palm of a hand. It has been cultivated for millennia in Japan for bonsai creation. Extracts from the branches and leaves of this plant are used as medicine in Chinese traditional medicine.
Acer negundo
Box elder
Box elder (Acer negundo) is a type of maple tree native to North America, but which is now found throughout the world. It is a hardy, medium-to-large tree that grows quickly and has a relatively short lifespan of up to 60 years. Older trees are prone to storm damage. Box elder wood is relatively flimsy because the tree grows so fast.
Acer platanoides
Norway maple
The norway maple is a tree species native to Europe and West Asia. It is 20 to 30 m tall and has bright green, lobed leaves which turn yellow or red in the autumn. Introduced as an ornamental shade tree in the United States, it is now considered invasive. Outside its northern range, it can be short-lived and susceptible to disease and damage.
Acer macrophyllum
Bigleaf maple
Bigleaf maple (Acer macrophyllum), as its name implies, is known for its large leaves. The wood is commercially used to produce a variety of products like furniture, guitars, and gun stocks. Bigleaf maple syrup is not as well-known or well-liked as that made from sugar maple trees, but can be produced just as easily.
Acer circinatum
Vine maple
Vine maple (Acer circinatum) is a maple tree native to western Northern America, especially the California coast. Vine maple normally grows in the wild but is occasionally cultivated for ornamental purposes. The tree bends over easily and can grow into the ground.
Acer nigrum
Black maple
A relative of the sugar maple, the black maple, or Acer nigrum, grows 23 to 37 m tall. This deciduous tree displays small yellow-green flowers and magnificent orange-red and yellow fall foliage. Although it can be cultivated by seed, it is not known to be easy to propagate through cuttings.
Acer tataricum subsp. ginnala
Amur maple
The deciduous tree of amur maple has fragrant white flowers that change into a brilliant orange-red color in autumn. It grows fast but lives long, and the flowers don’t show until the tree matures. It grows at the edges of bogs and open forests and requires just a moderate amount of maintenance.
Acer tataricum
Tartarian maple
Tartarian maple tree (Acer tataricum) gets its name from the Tatar people of southern Russia. It is found across the temperate regions of Europe and Asia. It grows as either a shrub or tree and can reach heights of 12 m and generates winged seeds. Some farmers use the tartarian maple as a windbreak and it also serves as an ornamental tree.

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Japanese maple
Acer palmatum
Japanese maple
A woody plant native to East Asia, the japanese maple features hand-shaped leaves with five-pointed lobes that resemble the palm of a hand. It has been cultivated for millennia in Japan for bonsai creation. Extracts from the branches and leaves of this plant are used as medicine in Chinese traditional medicine.
Box elder
Acer negundo
Box elder
Box elder (Acer negundo) is a type of maple tree native to North America, but which is now found throughout the world. It is a hardy, medium-to-large tree that grows quickly and has a relatively short lifespan of up to 60 years. Older trees are prone to storm damage. Box elder wood is relatively flimsy because the tree grows so fast.
Norway maple
Acer platanoides
Norway maple
The norway maple is a tree species native to Europe and West Asia. It is 20 to 30 m tall and has bright green, lobed leaves which turn yellow or red in the autumn. Introduced as an ornamental shade tree in the United States, it is now considered invasive. Outside its northern range, it can be short-lived and susceptible to disease and damage.
Bigleaf maple
Acer macrophyllum
Bigleaf maple
Bigleaf maple (Acer macrophyllum), as its name implies, is known for its large leaves. The wood is commercially used to produce a variety of products like furniture, guitars, and gun stocks. Bigleaf maple syrup is not as well-known or well-liked as that made from sugar maple trees, but can be produced just as easily.
Vine maple
Acer circinatum
Vine maple
Vine maple (Acer circinatum) is a maple tree native to western Northern America, especially the California coast. Vine maple normally grows in the wild but is occasionally cultivated for ornamental purposes. The tree bends over easily and can grow into the ground.
Black maple
Acer nigrum
Black maple
A relative of the sugar maple, the black maple, or Acer nigrum, grows 23 to 37 m tall. This deciduous tree displays small yellow-green flowers and magnificent orange-red and yellow fall foliage. Although it can be cultivated by seed, it is not known to be easy to propagate through cuttings.
Amur maple
Acer tataricum subsp. ginnala
Amur maple
The deciduous tree of amur maple has fragrant white flowers that change into a brilliant orange-red color in autumn. It grows fast but lives long, and the flowers don’t show until the tree matures. It grows at the edges of bogs and open forests and requires just a moderate amount of maintenance.
Tartarian maple
Acer tataricum
Tartarian maple
Tartarian maple tree (Acer tataricum) gets its name from the Tatar people of southern Russia. It is found across the temperate regions of Europe and Asia. It grows as either a shrub or tree and can reach heights of 12 m and generates winged seeds. Some farmers use the tartarian maple as a windbreak and it also serves as an ornamental tree.
Bigtooth maple
Acer grandidentatum
Bigtooth maple
Bigtooth maple (Acer grandidentatum) is a tree native to the interior western region of the United States. Bigtooth maple withstands drought conditions and can grow in rocky soils. It is sometimes planted as an ornamental tree.
Striped maple
Acer pensylvanicum
Striped maple
The Acer pensylvanicum is native to the northeastern US and eastern Canada. It grows as a large wild shrub under the forest. It has a characteristic greenish bark striped with white on its young branches and has leaves with pink hues in spring and bright yellow in the fall.
Montpellier maple
Acer monspessulanum
Montpellier maple
Acer monspessulanum is rarely seen in cultivation, but it's widely used in urban landscaping and parks. Commonly called montpellier maple, it is also a suitable choice for use as bonsai and is extremely popular among bonsai enthusiasts.
Cappadocian tree
Acer cappadocicum
Cappadocian tree
Cappadocian tree is a species of maple tree that is a popular ornamental in Europe, often featuring in large gardens and parks. It produces root sprouts which are shoots that appear at the base of the trunk; this is a rare characteristic in maples. It comes from central Turkey, the historic region of Cappadocia, which explains the common name Cappadocian tree.
Pere david's maple
Acer davidii
Pere david's maple
Pere david's maple is an important provider of nutrition for the larvae of the Imperial Moth. It is a spring-flowering deciduous tree noted for its interesting mottled bark which resembles snakeskin. Pere david's maple is so named for Jean Pierre Armand David who discovered the species in 1869.
Shandong maple
Acer truncatum
Shandong maple
The shandong maple, a medium-sized maple tree native to northern China, is grown as an ornamental plant. It is extremely easy to grow and makes an excellent street or small landscape tree. It tends to mature swiftly and can be anticipated to live for 100 years if properly cared for.
Oliver's Taiwanese maple
Acer oliverianum subsp. formosanum
Oliver's Taiwanese maple
Oliver's Taiwanese maple is a fascinating plant that captivates gardeners and nature enthusiasts alike. With its stunning foliage and unique characteristics, this plant offers much more than meets the eye. One interesting fact about oliver's Taiwanese maple is its economic value, as the wood from this species is highly sought after for its durability and beautiful grain. Additionally, oliver's Taiwanese maple possesses toxic properties, making it an important subject for research in the field of natural medicine. Its ability to attract a variety of insects and birds adds to its allure, making it a valuable addition to any garden.
Acer linganense
Acer linganense
Acer linganense
Acer linganense is a small, deciduous tree found in Northern Asia. It has palmate leaves with 3-5 lobes that turn a striking red in the fall. Its greenish-yellow flowers bloom in the spring and are followed by samaras. Acer linganense is commonly used for bonsai and as a source of medicine for traditional Chinese remedies.
Red maple
Acer rubrum var. trilobum
Red maple
Also known as red maple, this tree is a staple of North American forests. Its leaves turn a brilliant red in autumn, making it a popular ornamental tree. The sap can be used for maple syrup production, and the wood is commonly used for flooring and furniture.
Cretan maple
Acer sempervirens
Cretan maple
The flowers are yellow-green, produced in small pendulous corymbs. The fruit is a double samara with two rounded, winged seeds, the wings 1.5 to 3 cm long, spread at an acute angle.
Japanese maple 'Wilson's Pink Dwarf'
Acer palmatum 'Wilson's Pink Dwarf'
Japanese maple 'Wilson's Pink Dwarf'
Japanese maple 'Wilson's Pink Dwarf' is a miniature tree offering bright orange and salmon-pink 5-lobed leaves. The leaves retain their unusual color through the seasons, becoming deep red in the fall. It is a cultivar of Acer palmatum named for its small size and pink color. Gardeners favor this plant for its ornamental interest and its rabbit-tolerance.
Japanese maple 'Inaba'
Acer palmatum var. dissectum 'Inaba'
Japanese maple 'Inaba'
An upright Japanese maple cultivar, japanese maple 'Inaba' has a beautiful cascading form. The leaves are more intricate than those of other varieties and stay a deep purple red color throughout the year. Unlike other varieties, the foliage does not bronze out in late season. This Japanese maple does well in sun and humidity, making it a popular planting in these conditions.
Leatherleaf maple
Acer coriaceifolium
Leatherleaf maple
Leatherleaf maple is a resilient tree distinguished by its leathery, glossy green leaves which contribute to its robustness in various environments. Its growth exhibits a moderate pace, unfolding a rounded canopy that becomes a haven for diverse wildlife. In spring, leatherleaf maple is adorned with subtle yet attractive flower clusters, later giving way to winged seeds that dance to the ground in autumn.
Aoyagi Japanese maple
Acer palmatum 'Aoyagi'
Aoyagi Japanese maple
Aoyagi Japanese maple is a striking deciduous tree characterized by its unique lime-green foliage that takes on a golden hue in fall. Its upright growth habit and attractive bark, coupled with the delicate, palmate leaves, provide year-round interest. Thriving in temperate climates, aoyagi Japanese maple prefers moist, well-drained soil and partial shade, which enhances its vibrant leaf coloration and overall vitality.
Cappadocian tree 'Rubrum'
Acer cappadocicum 'Rubrum'
Cappadocian tree 'Rubrum'
Cappadocian tree 'Rubrum' is a beautiful cultivar of the Cappadocian maple (Acer cappadocicum) selected for its purple-red spring foliage. This cultivar was named after this unique feature: "rubrum" means "red." The cultivar offers 3-season interest as its leaves turn green in summer and yellow in fall.
Golden full-moon maple 'Jordan'
Acer shirasawanum 'Jordan'
Golden full-moon maple 'Jordan'
Golden full-moon maple 'Jordan' is a Golden full-moon maple first cultivated in Italy by Fratelli Gilardelli. It has an exceptionally bright yellow leaf color, which is most pronounced in early spring. This cultivar is named after Gilardelli’s son. Golden full-moon maple 'Jordan' grows to a height of 4 m, while the original plant is capable of growing higher, up to 6 m.
Norway maple 'Schwedleri'
Acer platanoides 'Schwedleri'
Norway maple 'Schwedleri'
Norway maple 'Schwedleri' is a Norway maple (Acer platanoides) cultivar selected for its attractive foliage. The leaf buds and young leaves start reddish-brown and eventually turn to deep green. The cultivar was named after Carl Heinz Schwedler, a supervisor of a royal garden in Poland.
Tricolor sycamore maple
Acer pseudoplatanus 'Leopoldii'
Tricolor sycamore maple
Tricolor sycamore maple has kept the robustness and the size of its parent Sycamore maple (Acer pseudoplatanus), but the foliage has been "improved" to look more attractive. The leaves start pink and eventually turn green with brilliant yellow and white speckles. This cultivar was named after the first Belgian king, Leopold I.
Acer campbellii subsp. flabellatum
Acer campbellii subsp. flabellatum
Acer campbellii subsp. flabellatum
The popular tree family known as acer campbellii subsp. flabellatum change the color of their leaves in the fall. Many cultural traditions encourage people to watch the colors change, such as momijigari in Japan. Acer campbellii subsp. flabellatum popular options for bonsai art. Alternately, their sap is used to create maple syrup.
Norway maple 'Drummondii'
Acer platanoides 'Drummondii'
Norway maple 'Drummondii'
Norway maple 'Drummondii' is a Norway maple (Acer platanoides) cultivar that features variegated leaves with green centers and cream margins. This cultivar is prized among gardeners not only for its attractive foliage but also for its robust nature and vigorous growth. This cultivar was probably named after the Scottish botanist Thomas Drummond.
Balkan maple
Acer heldreichii
Balkan maple
The balkan maple is a deciduous tree that is often found in mixed deciduous forests and alpine habitats in the Mediterranean region. It can be identified by its smooth, grey, or pale brown bark, the yellow flowers it produces, and its long-stalked 5-lobed leaves.
Drummond's maple
Acer rubrum var. drummondii
Drummond's maple
Drummond's maple is a striking deciduous tree known for its vibrant red foliage that ignites the landscape in fall. Its silver bark and dense, rounded crown flourish in wet, swampy environments, where its roots adeptly navigate waterlogged conditions. Springtime brings clusters of modest red flowers, succeeded by winged seeds, ensuring drummond's maple's proliferation in its native habitat.
Japanese maple 'Orangeola'
Acer palmatum 'Orangeola'
Japanese maple 'Orangeola'
Japanese maple 'Orangeola' stands out with its cascading branches and lacy, deeply dissected leaves. The foliage transitions from spring's fiery orange to a rich green in summer, then back to a vibrant crimson in fall. Thriving in well-drained soil, this graceful deciduous shrub desires partial shade to protect its colors from fading and to enhance its ornamental allure.
Red maple 'Scanlon'
Acer rubrum 'Scanlon'
Red maple 'Scanlon'
Red maple 'Scanlon' is a fast-growing tree, up to 60 feet high, with a spreading, oval crown and vibrant red fall foliage. It is a popular choice for landscaping due to its insect-resistant nature and adaptability to various soil types. Native to eastern North America, it is named for its distinctive red blooms in early spring.
Japanese maple 'Korean Gem'
Acer palmatum var. coreanum 'Korean Gem'
Japanese maple 'Korean Gem'
Japanese maple 'Korean Gem' is a cultivar of the Japanese maple that is truly a gem from Korea. The leaves are quite large, divided into seven to nine lobes, and turn a beautiful deep red in autumn. This cultivar is particularly loved for its red stems, which add some winter interest.
Golden full-moon maple 'Munn 001'
Acer shirasawanum 'Munn 001'
Golden full-moon maple 'Munn 001'
The popular tree family known as golden full-moon maple 'Munn 001' change the color of their leaves in the fall. Many cultural traditions encourage people to watch the colors change, such as momijigari in Japan. Golden full-moon maple 'Munn 001' popular options for bonsai art. Alternately, their sap is used to create maple syrup.
Japanese maple 'Sonkootgre'
Acer palmatum 'Sonkootgre'
Japanese maple 'Sonkootgre'
The popular tree family known as japanese maple 'Sonkootgre' change the color of their leaves in the fall. Many cultural traditions encourage people to watch the colors change, such as momijigari in Japan. Japanese maple 'Sonkootgre' popular options for bonsai art. Alternately, their sap is used to create maple syrup.
Japanese maple 'Red Pygmy'
Acer palmatum 'Red Pygmy'
Japanese maple 'Red Pygmy'
The japanese maple 'Red Pygmy' is a captivating dwarf Japanese maple, boasting delicate, deeply cut wine-red leaves that create an elegant lace-like pattern. This cultivar thrives in dappled sunlight, casting a warm aura as sunlight filters through its foliage. As seasons change, its leaves offer a vivid display, transitioning from spring's rich red to autumn's fiery crimson. With a compact, upright growth habit, japanese maple 'Red Pygmy' is an alluring choice for small gardens or containers, infusing any space with a touch of oriental tranquility.
Acer palmatum 'Aureum'
Acer palmatum 'Aureum'
Acer palmatum 'Aureum'
Acer palmatum 'Aureum' is a striking ornamental tree famous for its brilliant golden-yellow foliage that offers a luminous display, especially in spring. This visually captivating specimen has palmate leaves that unfold like fans, adding texture to garden spaces. The colors of acer palmatum 'Aureum' may soften to light green in summer, with a resilient nature that allows it to thrive in a range of temperate environments, although it prefers some protection from harsh afternoon sun.
Japanese maple 'Eddisbury'
Acer palmatum 'Eddisbury'
Japanese maple 'Eddisbury'
Japanese maple 'Eddisbury' is named for an area of Cheshire County, England. This distinctive Japanese maple stands out because of its bright red bark, which makes it much more striking than the brown bark of the parent plant. This hybrid has paler green leaves than its parent. The leaves turn a bright shade of red in the fall.
Acer pectinatum subsp. forrestii
Acer pectinatum subsp. forrestii
Acer pectinatum subsp. forrestii
The popular tree family known as acer pectinatum subsp. forrestii change the color of their leaves in the fall. Many cultural traditions encourage people to watch the colors change, such as momijigari in Japan. Acer pectinatum subsp. forrestii popular options for bonsai art. Alternately, their sap is used to create maple syrup.
Acer erianthum
Acer erianthum
Acer erianthum
The popular tree family known as acer erianthum change the color of their leaves in the fall. Many cultural traditions encourage people to watch the colors change, such as momijigari in Japan. Acer erianthum popular options for bonsai art. Alternately, their sap is used to create maple syrup.
Ivyleaf maple
Acer cissifolium
Ivyleaf maple
It is a deciduous small tree or large shrub growing to 5 to 10 m (rarely 15 m) in height, with smooth grey bark. The young shoots are green, often tinged pink, hairy at first with whitish hairs, becoming grey in the second year. The leaves are trifoliate, with a very slender red petiole up to 10 cm long; the three leaflets are 4 to 10 cm long and 2 to 4 cm broad, with 1 to 2 cm petiolules, and coarsely serrated margins. The flowers are produced in pendulous racemes 10 to 16 cm long, each flower with four sepals and petals. The fruit is a paired samara, the nutlets are 7 mm long, the wings 1.5 to 2.5 cm long, spreading at an acute angle.
Japanese maple 'Chiyo'
Acer palmatum 'Chiyo'
Japanese maple 'Chiyo'
The japanese maple 'Chiyo' is also known as the Little Princess or Chiyo-hime. It was named after a 17th-century Japanese Shogun's daughter. This compact deciduous tree grows to a typical height of 60 cm by the time it is ten years old. It is admired for its beautiful leaves, which grow in green and change to orange and red in the fall.
Pere david's maple 'Serpentine'
Acer davidii 'Serpentine'
Pere david's maple 'Serpentine'
Pere david's maple 'Serpentine' is a beautiful small tree bred from the maple. This cultivar is characterized by its small, narrow leaves, and the green-and-white serpentine stripes of its bark. The original species was named in 1869 for the Jesuit priest who discovered it.
Golden full-moon maple 'Autumn Moon'
Acer shirasawanum 'Autumn Moon'
Golden full-moon maple 'Autumn Moon'
Golden full-moon maple 'Autumn Moon' is distinct for its foliage, which first appears light yellow or chartreuse before becoming tinged with burnt orange and then bright red in autumn. A cultivar of Acer shirasawanum, its name refers to its rich seasonal coloration and the lunar shape of its foliage. This is an excellent, low-maintenance tree for small spaces.
Acer negundo 'Aureum'
Acer negundo 'Aureum'
Acer negundo 'Aureum'
The acer negundo 'Aureum' stands out with its radiant, golden-yellow young foliage that matures to a vibrant green. This deciduous tree flourishes in versatile climates, preferring sunny locales which enhance the leaf color's intensity. As a resilient member of the maple family, it adapts to a variety of soils and urban conditions, making it a robust and picturesque addition to any landscape.
Sycamore 'Worley'
Acer pseudoplatanus 'Worley'
Sycamore 'Worley'
The popular tree family known as sycamore 'Worley' change the color of their leaves in the fall. Many cultural traditions encourage people to watch the colors change, such as momijigari in Japan. Sycamore 'Worley' popular options for bonsai art. Alternately, their sap is used to create maple syrup.
Japanese maple 'Kinran'
Acer palmatum 'Kinran'
Japanese maple 'Kinran'
Japanese maple 'Kinran', coveted for its ornamental value, exhibits vibrant foliage that transitions through shades of gold and crimson throughout the year. This hardy deciduous shrub thrives in temperate zones, preferring partial shade to protect its delicate leaves. The intricate, palmate leaves are particularly noted for their deeply cut lobes, offering a striking texture to any garden composition. The plant's moderate growth and versatile size allow it to adapt well to various landscape uses, from standalone specimens to group plantings.
Himalayan maple
Acer oblongum
Himalayan maple
Acer oblongum is a medium-sized evergreen to semi-deciduous tree reaching a height of approximately 15–22 metres (49–72 ft). Unique among maples, this plant stays green all winter. The trunks are buttressed, with a smooth to wrinkled bark. Leaves are opposite, ovate-lanceolate with entire margin, with a petiole 5–12 cm long, with glaucous-green underside and dark green upperside. The young shoots are reddish bronze and finely hairy. The flowers are hermaphroditic, small and inconspicuous, about 4 mm, greenish white, gathered in hairy racemes. The fruits are represented by the typical two-winged samaras, about 2.5 cm long, wind dispersed. It has been introduced for its wood and it is sometimes cultivated in large gardens for its evergreen foliage.
Japanese maple 'Chitoseyama'
Acer palmatum 'Chitoseyama'
Japanese maple 'Chitoseyama'
Japanese maple 'Chitoseyama' is a Japanese maple (Acer palamtum) cultivar that grows only 3 m tall, unlike its parent plant which usually gets much taller. This makes it great for small gardens and yards, or even growing in containers. The cultivar was named after the Japanese mountain called Mount Chitose (chitose-yama), located on Senkaku Island in Okinawa.
Cappadocian maple
Acer cappadocicum subsp. sinicum
Cappadocian maple
The popular tree family known as cappadocian maple change the color of their leaves in the fall. Many cultural traditions encourage people to watch the colors change, such as momijigari in Japan. Cappadocian maple popular options for bonsai art. Alternately, their sap is used to create maple syrup.
Japanese maple 'Burgundy Lace'
Acer palmatum 'Burgundy Lace'
Japanese maple 'Burgundy Lace'
The japanese maple 'Burgundy Lace' is unique mostly in its size, reaching a spread and height of approximately twelve feet. It also has multiple trunks and differs in color, with purple-red leaves that have a finer, more delicate texture. This cultivar grows a bit differently, following a growth pattern that is more similar to a shrub than to a tree.
Japanese maple 'Bloodgood'
Acer palmatum 'Bloodgood'
Japanese maple 'Bloodgood'
Japanese maple 'Bloodgood' is an award-winning purple-leaved Japanese acer, named for its red-purple foliage which turns vibrant red in the fall. It produces little purple flowers which in turn produce small red fruits. Gardeners will enjoy this specimen tree as a low maintenance focal point in their garden.
Japanese maple 'Seiryu'
Acer palmatum 'Seiryu'
Japanese maple 'Seiryu'
A Japanese maple (Acer palmatum) cultivar, japanese maple 'Seiryu' is selected for its upright growth form and leathery foliage that's lime green in spring, green with reddish tips in summer, and gold with red accents in autumn. The cultivar name "Seiryu" means "blue-green dragon" in Japanese, a reference to its summer foliage.
Japanese maple 'Red Dragon'
Acer palmatum 'Red Dragon'
Japanese maple 'Red Dragon'
Japanese maple 'Red Dragon' is a spectacular ornamental tree that glows with crimson foliage. Its cascading branches form a delicately layered canopy that adds a touch of elegance to any garden. In autumn, the leaves turn a fiery red, offering a brilliant show before they drop. The tree can tolerate shade and is quite slow-growing, making it a perfect specimen tree for small gardens or patios.
Japanese maple 'Winter Flame'
Acer palmatum 'Winter Flame'
Japanese maple 'Winter Flame'
Japanese maple 'Winter Flame' a compact A. palmatum variety, is named for its colorful autumn and winter display. Young shoots and leaves are pink-tinged in the beginning and develop into lime-green foliage, which then turns gold in the fall. Additionally, the first cold spell triggers the stem and the bark to turn coral red. Reaching only 3 to 2 m in 20 years, it is a great specimen tree for small or container gardens.
Japanese maple 'Orange Dream'
Acer palmatum 'Orange Dream'
Japanese maple 'Orange Dream'
The japanese maple 'Orange Dream' is one of the tallest Acer palmatum cultivars, growing to an impressive height of 2.5 to 3 m tall in maturity. It was cultivated both for its height and for its orange foliage, which begins yellow and pink, turns chartreuse in summer, and finally softens into orange-yellow in fall.
Japanese maple 'Atrolineare'
Acer palmatum 'Atrolineare'
Japanese maple 'Atrolineare'
The cultivar name of japanese maple 'Atrolineare', 'Atrolineare', is Latin for 'cascade' and refers to the cascades of long ribbon-like red leaves that hang from this beautiful feature tree. Where the parent tree, the Japanese maple, typically grows to 12 m, japanese maple 'Atrolineare' is just 3.5 m tall but offers several seasons of garden interest, making it an especially popular cultivar.
Japanese maple 'Skeeter's Broom'
Acer palmatum 'Skeeter's Broom'
Japanese maple 'Skeeter's Broom'
Japanese maple 'Skeeter's Broom' is bred from the Japanese maple tree and its cultivar name honors the nursery worker who discovered it, Edward Skeeter Rodd of Pennsylvania. It is a miniature shrub popular for its pretty foliage, ability to fit into narrow garden spaces (it grows taller than it does wide), and its greater resistance to cold weather than other varieties.
Golden full-moon maple 'Aureum'
Acer shirasawanum 'Aureum'
Golden full-moon maple 'Aureum'
Golden full-moon maple 'Aureum' is a cultivar of the Japanese full moon maple (Acer shirasawanum) that features lighter-colored foliage than its parent. The most dominant hue of the foliage is golden-yellow, hence the name 'Aureum' (which means golden-yellow). As the season progresses, the foliage turns orange, with red and purple accents.
Kawakami maple
Acer caudatifolium
Kawakami maple
Kawakami maple, a deciduous tree known for its long-tailed leaf shape, boasts a striking autumn color display in hues of red and orange. Typically found in mountainous regions, this tree thrives in well-drained soils, showcasing its adaptability to cooler climates. The tree's bark is smooth with an olive-brown tint, providing a beautiful contrast against its vibrant foliage.
Japanese maple 'Deshojo'
Acer palmatum 'Deshojo'
Japanese maple 'Deshojo'
Japanese maple 'Deshojo' enchants gardeners with its fiery red spring foliage that gently mellows to a summer green, providing a welcome seasonal spectacle. It's renowned among bonsai enthusiasts for its adaptive nature and high aesthetic value. Named 'Deshojo' in Japanese meaning 'maple virgin', japanese maple 'Deshojo' will make an ideal specimen plant, luring in onlookers with never-ending charm.
Norway maple 'Crimson King'
Acer platanoides 'Crimson King'
Norway maple 'Crimson King'
Norway maple 'Crimson King' is a Norway maple cultivar, bred in Belgium in 1937 from a 'Schwedleri' seedling. Its distinct feature is that it keeps its maroon color throughout the season and turns reddish-orange in the autumn. The flowers are maroon yellow, and the fruit is purplish. Norway maple 'Crimson King' is considered the most vigorous red-leafed maple
Japanese maple 'Butterfly'
Acer palmatum 'Butterfly'
Japanese maple 'Butterfly'
Japanese maple 'Butterfly' adds a striking focal point to the garden with its delicate variegated leaves that shine in the sun. A popular ornamental tree with economic value in the timber industry, this plant is toxic to dogs and cats if ingested.
Golden full-moon maple 'Kawaii'
Acer shirasawanum 'Kawaii'
Golden full-moon maple 'Kawaii'
Cultivated from the Japanese Maple, the golden full-moon maple 'Kawaii' is a smaller version of the Japanese Maple with all of the tree's beauty. This visually striking tree is only fifteen feet tall. Its name comes from the Japanese word for "cute," which references its smaller, more compact size.
Acer laevigatum var. salweenense
Acer laevigatum var. salweenense
Acer laevigatum var. salweenense
The popular tree family known as acer laevigatum var. salweenense change the color of their leaves in the fall. Many cultural traditions encourage people to watch the colors change, such as momijigari in Japan. Acer laevigatum var. salweenense popular options for bonsai art. Alternately, their sap is used to create maple syrup.
Golden full-moon maple
Acer shirasawanum
Golden full-moon maple
This species grows as a deciduous large shrub or small tree growing to 8 to 15 m tall with a trunk up to 50 cm diameter. The shoots are slender, and hairless. The leaves are rounded, 4.5 to 8 cm long and 6 to 12 cm broad, palmately veined and lobed, with 9–13 (rarely 7) serrate shallowly incised lobes; they are hairless, or thinly hairy at first with white hairs; the petiole is 3 to 7 cm long and hairless. In autumn, the leaves turn bright gold or orange to dark red. The flowers are 1 cm diameter, with five dark purplish-red sepals, five small whitish petals (soon lost), and red stamens.
Acer laevigatum
Acer laevigatum
Acer laevigatum
The popular tree family known as acer laevigatum change the color of their leaves in the fall. Many cultural traditions encourage people to watch the colors change, such as momijigari in Japan. Acer laevigatum popular options for bonsai art. Alternately, their sap is used to create maple syrup.
Fullmoon maple 'Aconitifolium'
Acer japonicum 'Aconitifolium'
Fullmoon maple 'Aconitifolium'
The fullmoon maple 'Aconitifolium' (Acer japonicum 'Aconitifolium'), previously known as 'Maiku jaku', is a dwarf tree cultivated from fullmoon maple (Acer japonicum), growing to only half the height of the primary species. 'Aconitifolium' is named after the resemblance of its divided leaves to the cowls worn by monks and turns spectacular colors during the fall season.
Acer pentaphyllum
Acer pentaphyllum
Acer pentaphyllum
The popular tree family known as acer pentaphyllum change the color of their leaves in the fall. Many cultural traditions encourage people to watch the colors change, such as momijigari in Japan. Acer pentaphyllum popular options for bonsai art. Alternately, their sap is used to create maple syrup.
Siebold's maple
Acer sieboldianum
Siebold's maple
Siebold's maple is a striking tree native to Japan and Korea. It is valued for its vibrant fall colors, which range from gold to deep red. Unlike other maples, its bark often peels away in thin, curled strips, adding texture to its trunk and branches.
Sycamore 'Brilliantissimum'
Acer pseudoplatanus 'Brilliantissimum'
Sycamore 'Brilliantissimum'
Sycamore 'Brilliantissimum' is a Sycamore maple (Acer pseudoplatanus) cultivar that was selected for two major differences from its parent plant. It grows significantly smaller, and its leaves display dramatic colors. The leaves start salmon-pink in spring, and turn yellow marbled with green in summer. The foliage is truly brilliant, hence the cultivar name.
Japanese maple 'Chitose'
Acer palmatum 'Chitose'
Japanese maple 'Chitose'
Japanese maple 'Chitose' is a Japanese maple that has striking red leaves in contrast to the green leaves of the parent tree. This hybrid is such a prized specimen tree that it has received the Royal Horticultural Society's Award of Garden Merit. Japanese maple 'Chitose' was developed in Japan in 1882 and named for the northern city, Chitose.
Japanese maple 'Ornatum'
Acer palmatum 'Ornatum'
Japanese maple 'Ornatum'
Japanese maple 'Ornatum' is a small cultivar of Japanese maple (Acer palmatum) that is extremely disease-tolerant and adapted to a wider variety of growing conditions. In spring, it is embellished with deep-lobed, feathery leaves in a distinctive bronze-red color. Its foliage is very showy, hence the name "Ornatum" (meaning "showy, adorned"). This small and compact cultivar is perfect for small-sized gardens.
Red Leaf Japanese Maple
Acer palmatum 'Atropurpureum'
Red Leaf Japanese Maple
A variant of Japanese maple, red Leaf Japanese Maple displays deeply lobed purple foliage throughout spring and summer, and turns red in the autumn months, making it a popular seasonal ornamental. Unusually, size and shape has the tendency to vary from plant to plant in this cultivar. It is slow-growing but may live for some decades.
'Beni Maiko' Japanese maple
Acer palmatum 'Beni-maiko'
'Beni Maiko' Japanese maple
'Beni Maiko' Japanese maple is a striking deciduous shrub known for its vibrant, fiery red foliage that emerges in spring, gradually transitioning to green with red edges in summer and bright crimson in fall. This Japanese maple variety thrives in partial shade, where its delicate, palmate leaves can develop their full color without sun scorching. Its compact growth habit makes it a favorite for small gardens or containers.
Fullmoon maple 'Green Cascade'
Acer japonicum 'Green Cascade'
Fullmoon maple 'Green Cascade'
The fullmoon maple 'Green Cascade' is a cultivar of the Maple species. It received a merit award from the Royal Horticultural Society. Its leaves are stunning in the fall because of their shades of yellow. Its name may come from its appearance prior to its leaves changing color to orange and red. This is a small variety that only reaches approximately 2 m in height.
Boxelder
Acer negundo var. violaceum
Boxelder
Boxelder is a variant of boxelder with unique purple twigs that add a splash of color, especially in winter. This deciduous tree flaunts compound leaves that are greener than its species counterparts. Thriving in diverse environments, it often grows along riverbanks, drawing in moisture for its vigorous growth.
Japanese maple 'Crimson Queen'
Acer palmatum var. dissectum 'Crimson Queen'
Japanese maple 'Crimson Queen'
Few plants could be more crimson than japanese maple 'Crimson Queen'. This Japanese maple has spectacularly red leaves, in contrast to the green leaves of the parent tree. Japanese maple 'Crimson Queen' is a dwarf variety, only growing to 3 m, whereas other varieties reach_ 25 m.
Japanese maple 'Yasemin'
Acer palmatum 'Yasemin'
Japanese maple 'Yasemin'
Japanese maple 'Yasemin' is a relatively new cultivar of Acer palmatum which offers rich red-burgundy leaves that are deeply lobed and have serrated edges. The foliage matures to a purple-red in fall. The tree is named after the founder's daughter, Mirte Yasemin. Gardeners choose it for its low maintenance needs and its resistance to rabbits.
Cappadocian tree 'Aureum'
Acer cappadocicum 'Aureum'
Cappadocian tree 'Aureum'
"Aureum" is "gold" in Latin, explaining how this beautiful ornamental tree gets its name, since it sports a coat of leaves that are yellow when young and then shade through a light green to yellow again in autumn. This color variation makes for an attention-grabbing feature tree that grows well in many different soil conditions.
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Dracaena
Dracaena are popular house plants that are easy to grow. They can tolerate low-light conditions and require little watering. Their leaves range from variegated to dark green. Their characteristic traits include woody stems that grow slowly but offer a striking appearance for small spaces such as apartments or offices.
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Fig trees
Fig trees have been cultivated in many regions for their fruits, particularly the common fig, F. carica. Most of the species have edible fruits, although the common fig is the only one of commercial value. Fig trees are also important food sources for wildlife in the tropics, including monkeys, bats, and insects.
Rubus
Brambles
Brambles are members of the rose family, and there are hundreds of different types to be found throughout the European countryside. They have been culturally significant for centuries; Christian folklore stories hold that when the devil was thrown from heaven, he landed on a bramble bush. Their vigorous growth habit can tangle into native plants and take over.
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Maples
The popular tree family known as maples change the color of their leaves in the fall. Many cultural traditions encourage people to watch the colors change, such as momijigari in Japan. Maples popular options for bonsai art. Alternately, their sap is used to create maple syrup.
Prunus
Prunus
Prunus is a genus of flowering fruit trees that includes almonds, cherries, plums, peaches, nectarines, and apricots. These are often known as "stone fruits" because their pits are large seeds or "stones." When prunus trees are damaged, they exhibit "gummosis," a condition in which the tree's gum (similar to sap) is secreted to the bark to help heal external wounds.
Solanum
Nightshades
Nightshades is a large and diverse genus of plants, with more than 1500 different types worldwide. This genus incorporates both important staple food crops like tomato, potato, and eggplant, but also dangerous poisonous plants from the nightshade family. The name was coined by Pliny the Elder almost two thousand years ago.
Rosa
Roses
Most species of roses are shrubs or climbing plants that have showy flowers and sharp thorns. They are commonly cultivated for cut flowers or as ornamental plants in gardens due to their attractive appearance, pleasant fragrance, and cultural significance in many countries. The rose hips (fruits) can also be used in jams and teas.
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Oaks
Oaks are among the world's longest-lived trees, sometimes growing for over 1,000 years! The oldest known oak tree is in the southern United States and is over 1,500 years old. Oaks produce an exceedingly popular type of wood which is used to make different products, from furniture and flooring to wine barrels and even cosmetic creams.
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8 most common species:
Acer palmatum
Japanese maple
A woody plant native to East Asia, the japanese maple features hand-shaped leaves with five-pointed lobes that resemble the palm of a hand. It has been cultivated for millennia in Japan for bonsai creation. Extracts from the branches and leaves of this plant are used as medicine in Chinese traditional medicine.
Acer negundo
Box elder
Box elder (Acer negundo) is a type of maple tree native to North America, but which is now found throughout the world. It is a hardy, medium-to-large tree that grows quickly and has a relatively short lifespan of up to 60 years. Older trees are prone to storm damage. Box elder wood is relatively flimsy because the tree grows so fast.
Acer platanoides
Norway maple
The norway maple is a tree species native to Europe and West Asia. It is 20 to 30 m tall and has bright green, lobed leaves which turn yellow or red in the autumn. Introduced as an ornamental shade tree in the United States, it is now considered invasive. Outside its northern range, it can be short-lived and susceptible to disease and damage.
Acer macrophyllum
Bigleaf maple
Bigleaf maple (Acer macrophyllum), as its name implies, is known for its large leaves. The wood is commercially used to produce a variety of products like furniture, guitars, and gun stocks. Bigleaf maple syrup is not as well-known or well-liked as that made from sugar maple trees, but can be produced just as easily.
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Japanese maple
Box elder
Norway maple
Bigleaf maple
Vine maple
Black maple
Amur maple
Tartarian maple
Bigtooth maple
Striped maple
Montpellier maple
Cappadocian tree
Pere david's maple
Shandong maple
Oliver's Taiwanese maple
Acer linganense
Red maple
Cretan maple
Japanese maple 'Wilson's Pink Dwarf'
Japanese maple 'Inaba'
Leatherleaf maple
Aoyagi Japanese maple
Cappadocian tree 'Rubrum'
Golden full-moon maple 'Jordan'
Norway maple 'Schwedleri'
Tricolor sycamore maple
Acer campbellii subsp. flabellatum
Norway maple 'Drummondii'
Balkan maple
Drummond's maple
Japanese maple 'Orangeola'
Red maple 'Scanlon'
Japanese maple 'Korean Gem'
Golden full-moon maple 'Munn 001'
Japanese maple 'Sonkootgre'
Japanese maple 'Red Pygmy'
Acer palmatum 'Aureum'
Japanese maple 'Eddisbury'
Acer pectinatum subsp. forrestii
Acer erianthum
Ivyleaf maple
Japanese maple 'Chiyo'
Pere david's maple 'Serpentine'
Golden full-moon maple 'Autumn Moon'
Acer negundo 'Aureum'
Sycamore 'Worley'
Japanese maple 'Kinran'
Himalayan maple
Japanese maple 'Chitoseyama'
Cappadocian maple
Japanese maple 'Burgundy Lace'
Japanese maple 'Bloodgood'
Japanese maple 'Seiryu'
Japanese maple 'Red Dragon'
Japanese maple 'Winter Flame'
Japanese maple 'Orange Dream'
Japanese maple 'Atrolineare'
Japanese maple 'Skeeter's Broom'
Golden full-moon maple 'Aureum'
Kawakami maple
Japanese maple 'Deshojo'
Norway maple 'Crimson King'
Japanese maple 'Butterfly'
Golden full-moon maple 'Kawaii'
Acer laevigatum var. salweenense
Golden full-moon maple
Acer laevigatum
Fullmoon maple 'Aconitifolium'
Acer pentaphyllum
Siebold's maple
Sycamore 'Brilliantissimum'
Japanese maple 'Chitose'
Japanese maple 'Ornatum'
Red Leaf Japanese Maple
'Beni Maiko' Japanese maple
Fullmoon maple 'Green Cascade'
Boxelder
Japanese maple 'Crimson Queen'
Japanese maple 'Yasemin'
Cappadocian tree 'Aureum'
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Dracaena
Dracaena
Dracaena are popular house plants that are easy to grow. They can tolerate low-light conditions and require little watering. Their leaves range from variegated to dark green. Their characteristic traits include woody stems that grow slowly but offer a striking appearance for small spaces such as apartments or offices.
Ficus
Fig trees
Fig trees have been cultivated in many regions for their fruits, particularly the common fig, F. carica. Most of the species have edible fruits, although the common fig is the only one of commercial value. Fig trees are also important food sources for wildlife in the tropics, including monkeys, bats, and insects.
Rubus
Brambles
Brambles are members of the rose family, and there are hundreds of different types to be found throughout the European countryside. They have been culturally significant for centuries; Christian folklore stories hold that when the devil was thrown from heaven, he landed on a bramble bush. Their vigorous growth habit can tangle into native plants and take over.
Acer
Maples
The popular tree family known as maples change the color of their leaves in the fall. Many cultural traditions encourage people to watch the colors change, such as momijigari in Japan. Maples popular options for bonsai art. Alternately, their sap is used to create maple syrup.
Prunus
Prunus
Prunus is a genus of flowering fruit trees that includes almonds, cherries, plums, peaches, nectarines, and apricots. These are often known as "stone fruits" because their pits are large seeds or "stones." When prunus trees are damaged, they exhibit "gummosis," a condition in which the tree's gum (similar to sap) is secreted to the bark to help heal external wounds.
Solanum
Nightshades
Nightshades is a large and diverse genus of plants, with more than 1500 different types worldwide. This genus incorporates both important staple food crops like tomato, potato, and eggplant, but also dangerous poisonous plants from the nightshade family. The name was coined by Pliny the Elder almost two thousand years ago.
Rosa
Roses
Most species of roses are shrubs or climbing plants that have showy flowers and sharp thorns. They are commonly cultivated for cut flowers or as ornamental plants in gardens due to their attractive appearance, pleasant fragrance, and cultural significance in many countries. The rose hips (fruits) can also be used in jams and teas.
Quercus
Oaks
Oaks are among the world's longest-lived trees, sometimes growing for over 1,000 years! The oldest known oak tree is in the southern United States and is over 1,500 years old. Oaks produce an exceedingly popular type of wood which is used to make different products, from furniture and flooring to wine barrels and even cosmetic creams.
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