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Coral Bark Japanese Maple 'Acer palmatum Sango Kaku' at Ambleside Gardens & Nursery

Late winter glory of the Coral Bark Japanese Maple (Acer palmatum Sango Kaku)

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              Moonrise Fullmoon Maple (Acer shirasawanum 'Moonrise') at Ambleside Gardens & Nursery

                                 Spring foliage of Acer Shirasawanum ‘Munn’ —Moonrise Fullmoon Maple                               

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For hundreds of years, gardeners have treasured and admired Japanese Maples.  Prized for the seemingly endless variety of growth habits, Japanese Maples offer us some of the most beautiful plants in the world.  With foliage varying from delicate lacy leaves, to bold star-shaped purple leaves, to variegated leaves blending greens, pinks, and white, and with branching patterns that show off fantastic winter silhouettes, Japanese Maples compliment any landscape.

All Japanese Maples are fairly easy to grow–requiring well-drained soils.  They are cold hardy in our area but will perform better if planted in locations not directly exposed to cold winter winds. Red leaved varieties should be planted in sunny locations to draw out the best color–at the same time, if these can be planted in locations receiving some afternoon shade and protection from the hot afternoon summer sun, the red color will not fade and wash out as much.  Variegated varieties should be planted in locations that are also shaded during the afternoon.  Green leaved varieties will grow fine in full sun.

Remember that all Japanese Maples can suffer from leaf scorch when summer temperatures approach 100 degrees.  Some afternoon shade helps to prevent this as does adequate water supply during dry spells.

About the size of Japanese Maples

We are continually asked how big different varieties of Japanese Maples will grow.  Keep in mind that no tree really stops growing–they just slow down with age.  Ultimate size will depend on many environmental factors so that it really is not possible to say exactly how large a certain tree will grow.  Certainly in some of the older arboretums throughout the world one can find specimans much larger than the suggested sizes noted here.  It can take 50 years for a Bloodgood Maple to reach a size of 25′ x25′; and it can take nearly 100 years for a weeping Dissectum Japanese Maple to become 10′-12′ in height and width.  With these time frames in mind, it is easy to say Japanese Maples are slow growing–by the time one reaches 25′, other trees and shrubs nearby will likely be huge!

And of course don’t forget a most important word for all gardeners–PRUNING!! A few judicial cuts on any tree can limit size and also control just how long it takes for any tree to attain maturity.

 Ambleside expects to carry over 100 varieties of Japanese Maples including the ever popular Bloodgood Japanese Maple (Acer palmatum ‘Bloodgood’) as well as the following lesser know varieties.

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Acer palmatum Koto no Ito Japanese Maple at Ambleside Gardens & Nursery

Acer palmatum Koto no Ito

Acer palmatum ‘Koto no Ito’  Koto no Ito Japanese Maple.  Striking green Japanese Maple with long, lacy narrow leaves that present a wonderful airy appearance.  Upright grower to around 15 feet with a spread to 10 feet.  Great yellow autumn color.  Japanese name translated means ‘harp strings.’ Shown here during early spring with both new leaves and flowers.  Most unusual tree; an Ambleside favorite!

 

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Acer palmatum Higasayama Japanese Maple at Ambleside Gardens & Nursery

Acer palmatum Higasayama

Acer palmatum ‘Higasayama’  Higasayama Japanese Maple.  Unusual tree with a unique variegated pattern.  Leaves are green with even white margins that start pink as leaves emerge in the spring.  The red color along the margins returns in the fall.  Best planted with protection from afternoon sun.  Upright grower to about 20 feet with a spread of about 15 feet.  Translation of Higasayama is ‘parasol mountain.’  Pictured above with spring foliage.

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Acer palmatum Shigitatsu-sawa Japanese Maple at Ambleside Gardens & Nursery

         Acer palmatum Shigitatsu-sawa

Acer palmatum ‘Shigitatsu-sawa’  Shigitatsu sawa Japanese Maple.  Very unusual reticulated green leaves with brighter-almost white-variegation.  Smaller growing than most Japanese Maples with a mature height of about 15 feet and a width of about 10′, this tree should also be planted in locations shaded from hot afternoon sun.   Fall color is shades of red and yellow.  Pictured above in late spring.

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 Acer palmatum Oridono nishiki Japanese Maple at Ambleside Gardens & Nursery

Acer palmatum Oridono nishiki

Acer palmatum ‘Oridono nishiki’  Oridono Nishiki Japanese Maple.  Striking variegated new leaves of pink, white, and green.  By summer, the pink color slowly changes to white; in the fall, the leaves show off shades of pink and red.  Younger branches will also show irregular pink streaking.  Leaf variegation is best when grown in a location with afternoon shade.  A vigorous upright grower to about 20 feet with a spread of about 15 feet, this tree is also called ‘Orido Nishiki.’  Translation of the original name is ‘rich colored fabric of the master.’  Pictured above in late spring.

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Acer palmatum ‘Aka kawa hime’  Aka kawa hime Japanese Maple.  Translated name is ‘small red bark.’  Dwarf form of the popular Coral Bark maple (Acer palmatum Sango Kaku) retaining all of the same characteristics–yellow green summer foliage giving into brilliant gold autumn foliage followed by striking red stems during the winter months.  Grows to about 8′, and is suited to smaller gardens.  SOLD OUT

Acer palmatum ‘Aka shigitatsu sawa’  Shigitatsu sawa Japanese Maple.  Red reticulated foliage with prominent darker veins and variegated with pink and green.  Color variegation persists into summer when planted in shaded locations.  Fall foliage is red and orange. Ancient Japanese translation is “red snipes over a winter marsh!”  This is a small spreading tree growing to about 15 feet with an equal width.  Rare and unusual small tree.   SOLD OUT

Acer palmatum ‘Akane’  Akane Japanese Maple.  Translated name is ‘the glowing evening sky.’  Compact, rounded grower to about 10′.  Spring leaves start orange gold with pink tinge, become yellow and then light green in mid-summer before turning yellow orange again in fall. Very striking spring color.  SOLD OUT

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Acer palmatum 'Alpenweiss' Japanese Maple at Ambleside Gardens & Nursery

Spring growth of Acer palmatum ‘Alpenweiss’

Acer palmatum ‘Alpenweiss’ Alpenweiss Japanese Maple.  Small tree or large shrub growing to about 10′ with striking variegations of pink and white over light green leaves.  Variegation is most prominent during the spring and will continue into summer when planted with afternoon shade.  Fall foliage of pinks and reds.

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Acer palmatum 'Amber Ghost' Japanese Maple at Ambleside Gardens & Nursery

 Acer palmatum ‘Amber Ghost’ in early spring

Acer palmatum ‘Amber Ghost’  Amber Ghost Japanese Maple.  One of the ‘Ghost’ series of Japanese Maples developed by Bucholtz & Bucholtz Nursery.  Great spring foliage of amber and pink becoming greener during summer and then red and gold in autumn.  Best grown in afternoon shade.  Eventually growing to about 10-15 feet.

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Acer palmatum 'Aoba jo' Japanese Maple at Ambleside Gardens & Nursery

Acer palmatum ‘Aoba jo’ in late spring

Acer palmatum ‘Aoba jo’  Aoba jo Japanese Maple.  Compact, green leaved dwarf form growing to about 5′ in height with an equal width.  Yellow fall color with red tinge.  Good subject for bonsai.  Aoba jo translates to ‘beautiful green leaf.’

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Acer palmatum ‘Aoyagi’  Aoyagi Japanese Maple.  A rounded growing tree to about 25 feet with striking bright yellow green younger branches and twigs that offer great winter contrasts.  Like the Coral Bark Maple (Sango Kaku), the stem colors seem much more intense–almost flourescent–during the late winter months.  Pale green foliage becomes yellow in the fall.  Translated name is ‘green coral.’ SOLD OUT

Acer palmatum ‘Arakawa’  Arakawa or Rough Bark Japanese Maple.  Upright grower developing rough corklike bark with age.  Yellow fall color.  Vigorous, green leaved variety growing to about 25′ with width to about 15′.  Japanese name translates to ‘rough bark.’

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Acer palmatum 'Aratama' Japanese Maple at Ambleside Gardens & Nursery

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Acer palmatum ‘Aratama’  Aratama Japanese Maple.   Translated name means ‘uncut gem.’  Compact shrub form with red spring foliage slowly giving into purple-green tones in summer.  Grows to about 6′ in height with a width of about 4′.  Sometimes available in topgraft form creating a small tree. Pictured here with new spring foliage. SOLD OUT

 

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Acer palmatum 'Ariadne' Japanese Maple at Ambleside Gardens & Nursery

 Acer palmatum ‘Ariadne’ in late spring   

Acer palmatum ‘Ariadne’  Ariadne Japanese Maple.   Rounded shrub or small tree to about 10′ in height.  Coarsely toothed leaves open with green veins against light orange red to pink background.  Greener foliage during summer months leads into fall color of orange and pink.   Needs afternoon shade.

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Acer palmatum ‘Azuma murasaki’  Azuma murasaki Japanese Maple. Deeply divided leaves emerge purple red with green undertones, become greener during the summer and red again in autumn.  Name translated is ‘purple of the east.’  Rounded tree to about 20 feet.  With age branches take on a cascading appearance.

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Acer palmatum 'Beni Hime' Japanese Maple at Ambleside Gardens & Nursery

 Acer palmatum ‘Beni Hime’ during late spring

Acer palmatum ‘Beni hime’ Beni hime Japanese Maple.  Dwarf grower rarely reaching more than 4′ both in width and in height.  Spring foliage is red becoming greener during summer; red in the fall.  Translated name is “red dwarf.”   Among the smallest of the red leaved dwarf Japanese maples–great plant for bonsai.   SOLD OUT

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Acer palmatum ‘Beni hoshi’  Beni hoshi Japanese Maple. Japanese name translates to ‘red star.’  A dwarf maple with a compact and upright habit growing to about 5 or 6 feet.  Small star shaped leaves emerge red with green veins, turn greener during the summer and show yellow and orange during the fall.  Good plant for bonsai.

Acer palmatum ‘Beni komachi’  Beni komachi Japanese Maple.  Large shrub or small rounded tree growing to about 8′.  Tiny brilliant red leaves become greener in summer and red again in the fall.  Name translates to ‘beautiful red haired little girl.’  Unusual variety rarely found in gardens.  Best with afternoon shade.

Acer palmatum ‘Beni otake’  Beni otake Japanese Maple.  Translated name means ‘Big Red Bamboo.’  Upright grower to about 25 feet with narrow red leaves. Graceful and distinctive airy appearance.

Acer palmatum ‘Beni schichihenge’  Beni schichihenge Japanese Maple.  Upright grower with orange-pink and white variegation against green leaves–red and pink fall color.   Best with afternoon shade. Name translates to ‘red and changeful.’  Upright grower to about 15′ with width of about 6′-8′.

Acer palmatum ‘Beni shi en‘  Beni shi en Japanese Maple.  Narrow red spring leaves become purple during summer, then greener with many leaves showing an irregular cream colored variegation along the margins.  Fall color is yellow to gold.  Translated name is “red smoke”.   Upright grower to about 15′.

Acer palmatum ‘Bihou’  Bihou Japanese Maple. Unusual pale yellow orange colored bark and stems make this maple a great compliment to the well-known Coral Bark Maple.  Upright grower with green leaves changing to yellow in the fall.   A newer variety–translated name is ‘beautiful mountain range.’

Acer palmatum ‘Burgundy Lace’  Burgundy Lace Japanese Maple.   Upright grower to about 20′ with leaves more finely cut than those of the familiar Bloodgood Maple.  Deep burgundy color in spring becoming greener during summer.  Orange-red fall color.  This variety is best grown with protection from the hottest afternoon sun.

Acer palmatum ‘Butterfly’  Butterfly Japanese Maple.  Small twiggy tree with dainty variegated green and white leaves.  Best planted with afternoon shade.  Distinctly upright grower to about 15′ with a width of about 6′-8′.  White markings of summer are pink during both spring and fall.

Acer palmatum ‘Chitose yama’  Chitose yama Japanese Maple.  Red leaves fade to a bronze green during the summer with the red color      returning in the fall.  Smaller growing tree with rounded shape to about 10-12 feet in both height and width.  Branches will eventually take on a cascading habit.   SOLD OUT

Acer palmatum ‘Coonara Pygmy’  Coonara Pygmy Japanese Maple.  Wonderful dwarf variety growing to about 5′ in both height and width.  Small, light green leaves turn pink and yellow in the fall.  Sometimes grown as a top-grafted shrub creating a small tree. _____________________________________________________________________

Acer palmatum 'Coralinum' Japanese Maple at Ambleside Gardens & Nursery

Acer palmatum ‘Coralinum’ with new spring growth

Acer palmatum ‘Coralinum’  Coralinum Japanese Maple.  Shrub form growing to about 8 feet tall with an equal width.  Brilliant shrimp pink foliage in the spring becomes greener during the summer months.  Red and pink fall color.

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Acer palmatum ‘Fireglow’  Fireglow Japanese Maple.  A reliable cultivar similar to the Bloodgood Japanese Maple but having less deeply cut leaves and not growing as tall or wide–height to about 15-18 feet.

Acer palmatum ‘Fukinagashi’  Fukinagashi Japanese Maple.  A compact upright grower to about 8 feet with a width of about 5 feet.  Narrow green leaves similar to those of the Koto no ito Japanese Maple.  Red fall color.

Acer palmatum ‘Higasayama’  Higasayama Japanese Maple  SEE DESCRIPTION AT TOP OF THIS PAGE

Acer palmatum ‘Hogyoku’  Hogyoku Japanese Maple.  An unusual variety growing to about 15-20′.  Thick green leaves turn a unique pumpkin orange color during the fall.  The name ‘hogyoku’ translates to ‘jewel.’

Acer palmatum ‘Hubb’s Red Willow’  Hubb’s Red Willow Japanese Maple.  A slender upright grower with narrow red leaves. Becoming broader with age, this tree should reach about 12′ with a width of about 5′.  Orange and red fall color.

Acer palmatum ‘Hupp’s Dwarf’  Hupp’s Dwarf Japanese Maple.  A compact, upright growing dwarf with a habit similar to that of Kotohime Japanese Maple.  New leaves emerge green with pinkish tips and margins; fall colors of orange to red.  Slow grower to about 5′–suitable for bonsai.

Acer palmatum ‘Ichigyoji’  Ichigyoji Japanese Maple.  A sister tree to the Osakazuki Japanese Maple, this tree is similar in habit and growth, with the difference being in fall color–Osakazuki is scarlet red and Ichigyoji is yellow orange.  Grows as a rounded shape to about 25 feet.  SOLD OUT

Acer palmatum ‘Ijima sunago’  Ijima sunago Japanese Maple.  Large upright grower to about 25 feet with orange-red spring leaves becoming purplish brown during the summer months with small irregular green spots (Sunago translates to ‘dusted’).  Distinctive green stems provide for good contrast.  Fall colors of yellow, orange, and red.

Acer palmatum ‘Inazuma’  Inazuma Japanese Maple.  A vigorous upright grower eventually becoming 25 to 30 feet tall.  Red spring leaves become greenish purple in the summer with the red returning in the fall.  Inazuma translates to ‘the thunderer.’  SOLD OUT

Acer palmatum ‘Japanese Sunrise’  Japanese Sunrise Maple.  Possibly a chance seedling from Coral Bark Maple, Japanese Sunrise has the same red color on the exposed sides of the stems with the sheltered side being yellow orange.  Grows to about 15 feet, and has golden yellow fall color like the Coral Bark Maple.  

Acer palmatum ‘Kamagata’  Kamagata Japanese Maple.  Compact grower to about 8 feet with equal spread.  Small green leaves with red tinge in spring turn red and yellow orange in fall.  Usually grown as a shrub, but sometimes found as a topgraft creating a small tree.  Discovered and named by JD Vertrees–author of JAPANESE MAPLES.

Acer palmatum ‘Kasagiyama’ Kasagiyama Japanese Maple  A rounded tree growing to about 20′ with an equal width.  Reticulated leaves change color throughout the season–brick red spring foliage fading to bronze red during the summer and turning shades of orange and red in the fall.  Best grown in afternoon shade.

Acer palmatum ‘Katsura’ Katsura Japanese Maple.  An older cultivar known for its distinct yellow orange color in the spring.  As the season progresses, the color becomes a yellow green; in the fall the yellow orange returns.  Upright growing to about 15′, Katsura is best with protection from hot afternoon sun.  Japanese translation is ‘wig’.

Acer palmatum ‘Kihachijo’  Kihachijo Japanese Maple.  Rounded grower to about 15′, this maple has unusual serrated leaves and a green bark marked with white striations.  Fall color is a distinct red and orange.

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Acer palmatum 'Kinran' Japanese Maple at Ambleside Gardens & Nursery

Acer palmatum ‘Kinran’ in late spring

Acer palmatum ‘Kinran’  Kinran Japanese Maple.  Rounded grower to about 12 feet with deeply divided leaves that give an open and lacy appearance.  Red in spring, greenish in the summer with striking autumn color of gold and crimson.  Kinran translates to mean ‘woven with golden strings.’   SOLD OUT

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Acer palmatum 'Kiyohime' Japanese Maple at Ambleside Gardens & Nursery

Acer palmatum ‘Kiyohime’ in late spring

Acer palmatum ‘Kiyohime’  Kiyohime Japanese Maple.  Dwarf form growing to about 6 feet and often wider than tall. Suitable for bonsai.  Horizontal branching habit with small leaves opening red and turning to green.  Usually a low growing bush form, Kiyohime is also topgrafted to create the small tree.  Yellow-orange fall color.  SOLD OUT

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Acer palmatum ‘Kotohime’ Kotohime Japanese Maple. Diminutive cultivar–a natural bonsai.  Stubby, upright grower to about 6′-8′ with a spread up to 5.’  Red spring foliage becoming green during summer, and orange red in fall.  Among the earliest of the Japanese Maples to push foliage in the spring.  Name translates to ‘little harp.’

Acer palmatum ‘Koto no ito’  Koto no ito Japanese Maple  SEE DESCRIPTION AT TOP OF THIS PAGE

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 Acer palmatum 'Kurui jishi' Japanese Maple at Ambleside Gardens & Nursery

Acer palmatum ‘Kurui jishi’

Acer palmatum ‘Kurui jishi’  Kurui Jishi Japanese Maple  Translated name means ‘confused lion!’  Small leaves rolled inward similar to Okushimo Japanese Maple, though smaller in size.  Yellow fall color. Growing to about 6′, this makes a great bonsai subject.

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 Acer palmatum 'Mikawa Yatsubusa' Japanese Maple at Ambleside Gardens & Nursery

Acer palmatum ‘Mikawa Yatsubusa’

Acer palmatum ‘Mikawa yatsubusa’  Mikawa Yatsubusa Japanese Maple. Unusual irregular and twisted growth habit with small leaves closely spaced in shingle-like patterns.  A natural bonsai!  Can eventually grow to about 8′ with an equal width.  Fall colors of orange and red.

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Acer palmatum ‘Matsukaze’  Matsukaze Japanese Maple.  Deeply divided leaves emerge bronze red in the spring, become green during the summer, then turn crimson in the fall.  Small spreading tree to about 15 feet with equal width–branches will cascade down slightly with age.  Name translates to ‘wind in the pine trees.’

Acer palmatum ‘Mikazuki’  Mikazuki Japanese Maple.  Upright grower to about 10′ with narrow reticulated leaves of pink over green and white.  This is another introduction by Buchhoz Nursery in Oregon.  Best planted in afternoon shade–red fall color.  Mikazuki translates to ‘crescent moon.’

Acer palmatum ‘Mirte’  Mirte Japanese Maple.  An unusual cultivar growing to about 25 feet.  Spring foliage starts a reddish brown becoming olive green during the summer.  Fall color of orange and yellow.  SOLD OUT

Acer palmatum ‘ Nuresagi’  Nuresagi Japanese Maple.  Japanese name translates to ‘Wet Heron.’  Vigorous upright red leaved variety growing to about 20 feet with a narrower habit than that of Bloodgood.

Acer palmatum ‘Ogon sarasa’  Ogon Sarasa Japanese Maple.  Upright grower to about 20 feet with interesting orange red leaves with green veins.  Summer color becomes bronze green with orange red returning in the fall.  Translated name is “Gold Calico Cloth”.

Acer palmatum ‘Ojishi’  Ojishi Japanese Maple.  Name translates to male lion.  Small crinkly green leaves are closely spaced along irregular branches.  Growing to about 6′-8′, this makes a good bonsai subject.  Like the Lion’s Head Japanese Maple which is similar though much larger, Ojishi has yellow and orange fall color.

Acer palmatum ‘Okushimo’ Okushimo Japanese Maple. Upright tree with small green leaves curled at the tips in tube like fashion.  Yellow fall color.  Narrow, upright habit to about 20 feet.  An older variety recorded and admired in Japan since the 1700′s.

Acer palmatum ‘Omureyama’  Omureyama Japanese Maple.  Small tree growing to about 20 feet with an equal width.  With age, branches start to weep down.  Fall color is gold and red.

Acer palmatum ‘Orange Dream’  Orange Dream Japanese Maple.  Upright grower with wonderful yellow orange new leaves slowly fading to a bright lime green color by early summer.  Spring colors return in the fall.  Growing to about 12-15 feet, Orange Dream is best with protection from hot afternoon sun.

Acer palmatum ‘Oridono nishiki’  Oridono Nishiki Japanese Maple SEE DESCRIPTION AT TOP OF PAGE

Acer palmatum ‘Osakazuki’ Osakazuki Japanese Maple. Upright grower with green leaves becoming fiery scarlet in fall. Among the best of the green Japanese Maples for autumn color.  Vigouous grower to about 25 feet.

Acer palmatum ‘Oshu shidare’  Oshu Shidare Japanese Maple.  Dark red spring foliage becomes greener during the summer with red color returning in the fall.  With age the branches will begin to cascade down like the Omureyama Japanese Maple.  Grows to about 15.’

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Acer palmatum 'Peaches & Cream' Japanese Maple at Ambleside Gardens & Nursery

Acer palmatum ‘Peaches & Cream’ with new spring growth

Acer palmatum ‘Peaches and Cream’  Peaches and Cream Japanese Maple.  Compact growing shrub or small tree with beautiful variegations of pink, cream, and green.  Best planted with protection from hot afternoon sun.  Grows to about 10 or 12 feet; Peaches and Cream has green and yellow fall color.  

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Acer palmatum ‘Purple Ghost’  Purple Ghost Japanse Maple.  One of the “Ghost” family of Japanese Maples newly introduced by Buchholz Nursery in Oregon.  Reticulated leaves with dark purple green veins over red leaves create an almost translucent effect.  Best in afternoon shade.  Grows to about 15′.

Acer palmatum ‘Red Emperor’  Red Emperor Japanese Maple.  Vigorous upright grower very similar to the popular Bloodgood Maple with new leaves emerging 2 weeks later. Will grow to about 25.’

Acer palmatum 'Red Pygmy' Japanese Maple at Ambleside Gardens & Nursery

Acer palmatum ‘Red Pygmy’

Acer palmatum ‘Red Pygmy’  Red Pygmy Japanese Maple.  Compact growing narrow-leaved maple to about 12′-15′.  Red leaves becoming greener during summer and then changing to a stunning yellow orange in the fall.  Best planted in afternoon shade.

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Acer palmatum ‘Ryusen’  Ryusen Japanese Maple.  A unique maple–this is the only weeping variety without the familiar dissected leaves.  Staked upright to achieve height, this maple will cascade down in wonderful fashion.  Green leaves turn yellow orange in the fall.  Planted on top of a retaining wall, Ryusen will eventually weep down and reach the bottom of the wall!  SOLD OUT

Acer palmatum ‘Ryuzu’  Ryuzu Japanese Maple.  Translated name is ‘ornamental dragon’s head.’  A dwarf plant with small congested leaves clustered along irregular and twisted branches, this resembles an old bonsai tree.  Orange yellow color in autumn–grows to about 6′.

Acer palmatum ‘Sagara nishiki’  Sagara Nishiki Japanese Maple.  Most unusual small tree growing to only about 10′ or 12′.  Green leaves are variegated on the margins with white and yellow–in the spring, much of the variegation is tinged with pink.  Fall color of yellow and orange.  This tree must be grown with afternoon shade and protection from hot sun.

Acer palmatum ‘Sango kaku’ Sango Kaku or Coral Bark Japanese Maple. Small tree with coral colored bark.  Grows to about 15-20 feet in somewhat of a vase shape.  Green leaves turn golden in fall–fabulous red bark during winter. SEE PHOTO AT TOP OF THIS PAGE

Acer palmatum ‘Scolopendrifolium’  Strap leaved Japanese Maple  Upright growing green leaved variety with narrow leaves and beautiful branching structures. Upright habit to about 20 feet; yellow and red autumn color.

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Acer palmatum 'Seiryu' Japanese Maple at Ambleside Gardens & Nursery

Seiryu Japanese Maple in fall color

Acer palmatum ‘Seiryu’  Seiryu Japanese Maple. Unique upright grower with dissected leaves.  Lacy green leaves become red and yellow orange in the fall.  Translated name is “Blue Green Dragon”.  Open and airy growth habit to about 20 in both height and width.

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Acer palmatum ‘Shaina’ Shaina Japanese Maple. Dwarf form–a witches’ broom (or sport) of Bloodgood.  Compact shape with good color growing to about 8 feet in both height and width.  Best with afternoon shade.

Acer palmatum ‘Sharp’s Pygmy’  Sharp’s Pygmy Japanese Maple.  Small rounded shrub with tiny green leaves becoming orange in fall–suitable as a bonsai subject.  Outstanding variety only growing to about 4′-5′ in height and width.

Acer palmatum ‘Shidiva Gold’  Shidiva Gold Japanese Maple.  A witches’ broom of the much larger growing Aoyagi Japanese Maple, this is a compact bush or small tree only growing to about 8′  Like the Aoyagi Maple, it has striking yellow green bark. SOLD OUT

Acer palmatum ‘Shigure bato’  Shigure Bato Japanese Maple.  Translated name means ‘late fall rain.’  An unusual shrub form with rounded habit to about 10′.  Deeply divided feathery leaves emerge green with red and pink undertones, become greener during summer and then show gold and crimson in fall.

Acer palmatum ‘Shin deshojo’ Shin deshojo Japanese Maple.  Small tree or rounded shrub growing to about 10′ with an equal width.  This is one of the best maples for spring color with a brilliant display of red and crimson.  Greener during the summer with red fall color.

Acer palmatum ‘Shirazz’  Shirazz Japanase Maple.  An exciting newly introduced variety growing to about 10′-15′ with an upright habit.  Red leaves are variegated along the edges with shades of pink.  Colors will persist longer through the season if planted with afternoon shade.  Orange and red fall color.

Acer palmatum ‘Shishigashira’  Shishigashira Japanese Maple . This is the famous “Lion’s Head” Maple.   Very distinctive upright branching habit with green stems.  Crinkly green leaves turn yellow and gold in autumn.  One of the most famous of the Japanese Maples as this has been cultivated in Japan for many years.   Shishigashira is a wonderful tree for all seasons – Unusual and interesting foliage with a texture like crepe paper,  beautiful autumn  color, fabulous branching structures that provide striking winter silhouettes.   The Lion’s Head Japanese Maple  will eventually  grow to about 15′ in height with a width of about 10′.  Truly a garden aristocrat!

Acer palmatum ‘Shojo hime’  Shojo hime Japanese Maple.  A newer cultivar growing to about 6′.  Dwarf compact grower with deeply divided red leaves becoming greener during the summer months.  Translated name is ‘dwarf red leaf.’  Good bonsai subject.  Shojo hime will grow best with some protection from from hot afternoon sun.

Acer palmatum ‘Skeeter’s Broom’  Skeeter’s Broom Japanese Maple.  A possible witches’ broom of Bloodgood Japanese Maple, this is a narrow upright grower holding its red summer color well like the Bloodgood.  Grows about 8′-10′ tall with a width of 4′-5′.

Acer palmatum ‘Tennyo no hoshi’ Tennyo no hoshi Japanese Maple.  A small twiggy tree to about 15′ with irregular whitish variegations on the margins of green leaves.  Translated name is ‘angel’s star.’  Fall colors of pink and red.  Best with afternoon shade.

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Acer palmatum 'Tiger Rose' Japanese Maple at Ambleside Gardens & Nursery

Acer palmatum ‘Tiger Rose’

Acer palmatum ‘Tiger Rose’  Tiger Rose Japanese Maple.   Rounded shrub form growing to about 10′ with an equal width.  Branches will droop down with age. Green leaves with lighter variegation–yellow and orange in the fall. Best grown in areas protected from hot afternoon sun.

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Acer palmatum 'Trompenburg' Japanese Maple at Ambleside Gardens & Nursery

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Acer palmatum ‘Trompenburg’  Trompenburg Japanese Maple.  Vigorous upright grower with deep purple red foliage persisting well into summer.  Unusual leaves with lobes rolled inward almost forming tubes.  Grows to about 25′ with width to 20′.

Acer palmatum ‘Green Tompenburg’  shows all the same characteristics except that its leaves are green.

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Acer palmatum 'Tsuma gaki' Japanese Maple at Ambleside Gardens & Nursery

Acer palmatum ‘Tsuma gaki’ in late spring

Acer palmatum ‘Tsuma gaki’  Tsuma gaki Japanese Maple.  Rounded shrub or small tree growing to about 10 feet. Green new growth with tips of leaves colored in brilliant red–like painted fingernails.  Orange and gold fall color.

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Acer palmatum ‘Tsukushi gata’ Tsukushi gata Japanese Maple.  Dark black red leaves against yellow green stems and chartreuse seeds make for a great contrast with this tree.  Colors persist through late spring–scarlet fall color.  Unusual variety growing to about 15′.

Acer palmatum ‘Twombley’s Red Sentinel’  Red Sentinel Japanese Maple.  New red leaved variety with distinctive columnar habit.  Grows to about 12-15 feet with a width of around 6 feet.

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Acer palmatum 'Ukigumo' Japanese Maple at Ambleside Gardens & Nursery

Acer palmatum ‘Ukigumo’

Acer palmatum ‘Ukigumo’ Ukigumo or Floating Cloud Japanese Maple.  Green leaved variety with white variegation.  Plant in shaded location.  Another famous variety–translated name is ‘floating cloud’  Variegation is very irregular with some leaves being entirely white.  Grows 10′-15′ tall with a width up to 8.  Yellow and orange fall color.

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Acer palmatum ‘Ukon’ Ukon Japanese Maple.  Very similar to Aoyagi Japanese Maple but much smaller growing with size up to 10′-15′  Brilliant yellow green stems with green foliage turning yellow in autumn.  SOLD OUT

Acer palmatum ‘Villa Taranto’ Villa Taranto Japanese Maple.  Compact growing small tree with narrow leaves starting pink, changing to red and then greener in summer before showing gold and yellow in fall.  Will grow to about 10′-12′.

Acer palmatum  ‘Wabito’  Wabito Japanese Maple.  Translated name means ‘lonely man!’  Unusual tree with very different feathery leaves.  Narrow upright grower to about 15′ with green foliage turning red in fall.

Acer palmatum ‘Wou nishiki‘  Wou Nishiki Japanese Maple.  Upright grower with small deeply divided green leaves tinged with red along the magins.  Fall color of red and orange.  With age habit becomes more rounded–grows to about 20′ in height with a width of about 15′.

Acer palmatum ‘Yuri hime’  Yuri hime Japanese Maple.  One of the smallest growing Japanese Maples with a compact rounded habit.  Grows about 3′ tall with an equal width.  Yellow orange fall color.

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FULL MOON MAPLES ACER JAPONICUM & ACER SHIRASAWANUM

Acer japonicum aconitifolium--Fernleaf Full Moon Maple at Ambleside Gardens & Nursery

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Acer japonicum ‘Aconitifolium’  Fernleaf Fullmoon Maple.  Small spreading tree with unusual dissected green leaves and fabulous fall colors or reds, yellows, and oranges. The original Japanese name translated to mean ‘dancing peacock.’  Grows to about 20.’  Shown here with spring foliage just emerging.

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Acer japonicum Oisami--Oisami Full Moon Maple at Ambleside Gardens & Nursery

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Acer japonicum ‘Oisami’   Oisami Full Moon Maple.  Larger growing tree with large olive green leaves and orange red fall color.  Will eventually grow to 25′.  This is one of the larger growing Full Moon Maples and like all Full Moons, has wonderful autumn foliage.  Plant in sunny locations.

 

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Acer shirasawanum ‘Aureum’  Golden Full Moon Maple.  Smaller tree to about 15′ with yellow green leaves.  Needs protection from hot afternoon sun.  Great for a splash of color in shady areas.  Orange and red fall color.  Choice tree.

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Acer shirasawanum 'Autumn Moon' Japanese Maple at Ambleside Gardens & Nursery

Acer shirasawanum ‘Autumn Moon’ with spring foliage

Acer shirasawanum ‘Autumn Moon’  Autumn Moon Full Moon Maple.  Spreading tree with yellow green foliage tinged with pink. Plant in location protected from hot afternoon sun to avoid leaf scorch.  Orange and red fall color.  Rounded habit to about 15′.

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Acer shirasawanum ‘Johin’   Johin Full Moon Maple.  A probable cross between Acer palmatum and Acer shirasawanum, this tree has leaves emerging red with a distinct green vein.  By summer much foliage will show green–orange and red color returns in the fall.  Japanese name translated is ‘elegant.’  Has a rounded growth habit to about 10′ to 15′.

Acer shirasawanum ‘Munn” Moonrise Full Moon Maple.   Newly patented variety with chartreuse leaves topped with carmine new growth.  Best planted with afternoon shade to avoid summer leaf scorch.  Grows to about 15′.

Acer shirasawanum ‘Palmatifolium’ Palmate-leaved Full Moon Maple.  Upright tree with green leaves and beautiful fall foliage of reds, yellows, and oranges.  Small leaved variety growing to about 25′ with spread to 20′.

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WEEPING JAPANESE MAPLES

Acer palmatum dissectum

Ambleside also carries different varieties of the popular dissectums–Weeping Japanese Red Maples.  Of these varieties, we expect to have Garnet, Red Dragon, Red Select, Crimson Queen, Inaba Shidare, and Tamukeyama.  Four green leaved varieties, Acer palmatum dissectum ‘Flavescens’ (SOLD OUT), Acer palmatum dissectum ‘Ornatum,’ ,Acer palmatum dissectum ‘Viridis’ and Acer japonicum ‘Green Cascade’provide wonderful yellow to orange to red fall color.  Acer palmatum dissectum ‘Watnong’   is a green variety with pink new growth providing great contrast into the early summer.  Acer palmatum dissectum ‘Toyama Nishiki’ (SOLD OUT)  is a green laceleaf with irregular pink andwhite variegations throughout–needs a shady location.

Though not classified as a Japanese Maple,  another noteworthy small ornamental tree is the Paperbark Maple (Acer Griseum).  This tree is prized for its brilliant red to crimson fall foliage and unique exfoliating cinnamon-like bark.

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