OVER 120 VARIETIES IN STOCK AT
AMBLESIDE GARDENS & NURSERY
Late winter glory of the Coral Bark Japanese Maple (Acer palmatum Sango Kaku)
Spring foliage of Acer Shirasawanum ‘Munn’ —Moonrise Fullmoon Maple
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.
This year, Ambleside expects to carry over 125 varieties of Japanese Maples including the ever popular Bloodgood Japanese Maple (Acer palmatum ‘Bloodgood’) as well as the following lesser known varieties.
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!
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.
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 be planted in locations shaded from hot afternoon sun. Fall color is shades of red and yellow. Pictured above in late spring. (Sold out)
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.
Acer palmatum ‘Abigail Rose’ Abigail Rose Japanese Maple A smaller, dwarf variety with foliage similar to the Higasayama Japanese Maple. Growing to about 6-8 feet in height and width. Prefers afternoon shade.
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.
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. ________________________________________________________________________
Acer palmatum ‘Akita Yatsubusa’
Acer palmatum ‘Alpenweiss’
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.
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.’
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.’
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.
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.
New growth of Acer palmatum Beni Hagaromo
Acer palmatum ‘Beni Hagaromo’ Beni Hagaromo Japanese Maple. Red leaved version of Hanazu Hagaromo Japanese Maple–a larger growing tree with unusual feather-shaped leaves. Best with some afternoon shade.
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.
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. Red spring leaves become purple during summer, then greener with many leaves showing an irregular cream colored variegation along the margins. Fall color is red with yellow and gold. A newer variety that withstands more heat and sun than other Japanese Maples, though would still be quite happy with some afternoon shade. Translated name is “red smoke”. Upright grower to about 15’.
Acer palmatum ‘Beni Ubi Gohan’ Beni Ubi Gohan Japanese Maple. Compact grower to about 10′ with narrow red straplike foliage. Best with afternoon shade.
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. Sold out
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’ 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.
Acer palmatum ‘Fairy Hair’
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. Sold out
Acer palmatum ‘Hanazu Hagaromo’ Hanazu Hagaromo Japanese Maple. Upright grower to about 20′ with unusual green foliage having rounded leaf lobes. Foliage emerges in spring with beautiful shades of yellow and orange before becoming greener during the summer.
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.
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 ‘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 ‘Jerre Schwartz’
Acer palmatum ‘Jiro Shidare’ Jiro Shidare Japanese Maple. Green, palmate leaved variety with a weeping growth habit similar to the more familiar lace leaf weeping varieties. Grows equally well in full sun or partial shade. Red and orange fall color. Height and width to about 8 feet.
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.
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.’
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.
Acer palmatum ‘Kotohime’ breaking bud in early spring
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 maru’
Acer palmatum ‘Koto no ito’ Koto no ito Japanese Maple SEE DESCRIPTION AT TOP OF THIS PAGE
Acer palmatum ‘Kurenai Jishi’ Kurenai Jishi Japanese Maple. Newly introduced variety with small curled leaves growing closely bunched together like Shishigashira or Mikawa Yatsubusa. Leaves start red in spring, then eventually become green. Compact grower best with afternoon shade.
Acer palmatum ‘Kuro hime
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.
Acer palmatum ‘Lima Gold’
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.
Acer palmatum ‘Matsukaze’ Matsukaze Japanese Maple. Deeply divided leaves emerge bronze red in spring, then slowly become greener during the summer before turning 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.’ Sold out
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 ‘ 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. Sold out
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 ‘Olsen’s Frosted Strawberry’
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 ‘Oregon Sunset’
Acer palmatum ‘Oridono nishiki’ Oridono Nishiki Japanese Maple SEE DESCRIPTION AT TOP OF PAGE
Acer palmatum ‘Orion’ Sold out
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.’ Sold out
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.
Acer palmatum ‘Pung Kil’ Pung Kil Japanese Maple. Compact grower with very dark red narrow leaves. Best with afternoon shade. Grows to about 10′ in height. Sold out
Acer palmatum ‘Purple Ghost’ Purple Ghost Japanese 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’
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.
Acer palmatum ‘Rhode Island Red’ Rhode Island Red Japanese Maple. Dwarf red leaved variety discovered and named in Rhode Island. Grows to about 8′ in both height and width with a rounded and compact habit. Best with afternoon shade.
Acer palmatum ‘Ryugu’
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!
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′ in height with a width of about 4. Easily pruned and trained to shape.
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 ‘Sara D’
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.
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.
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. Prune and thin to expose dominant branching patterns.
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.
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’
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′. This maple holds its green leaves well into fall before showing fall color. Truly a garden aristocrat!
Acer palmatum ‘Shishio hime’
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 ‘Summer Gold’
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.
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.
Acer palmatum ‘Trompenburg’
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.
Acer palmatum ‘Tsukasa Silhouette’ Tsukasa Silhouette Japanese Maple. Another newly introduced variety. Green leafed variety with a narrow upright growth habit. Grows to about 20′ with a width of about 6′. Fall color of orange and red.
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.
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.
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.
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.
Acer palmatum ‘Villa Taranto’ in mid spring
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. Great small tree changing with the seasons. 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. Grows equally well in either full sun or partial shade. Sold out
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.
FULL MOON MAPLES ACER JAPONICUM & ACER SHIRASAWANUM
Acer japonicum ‘Fairy Lights’
Acer japonicum ‘Megetsu’
Acer japonicum ‘Oisami’
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.
Fernleaf Fullmoon Maple in fall color—Acer japonicum ‘Aconitifolium’
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.
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′.
Acer shirasawanum ‘Munn’–Moonrise Full Moon Maple in early spring
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′ with equal width. Hardy variety not as likely to burn in sun conditions.
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′.
Acer shirasawanum ‘Red Dawn’ Red Dawn Full Moon Maple. Red leaved variety of Full Moon Maple. Best with some afternoon shade. Grows to about 15-20 feet.
Acer shirasawanum ‘Sensu’ Sensu Full Moon Maple. Compact grower with beautiful fall colors of reds, yellows, and oranges. Grows to about 15-20 feet. Sold out
Acer shirasawanum ‘Yasemin’ in early summer
Acer shirasawanum ‘Yasemin’ Yasemin Full Moon Maple. Smaller growing Full Moon Maple with red foliage persisting well into the summer. Most likely a cross between Shirasawanum and Palmatum varieties
WEEPING JAPANESE MAPLES
Acer palmatum dissectum–Weeping Japanese Maples
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. Three green leaved varieties, Acer palmatum dissectum ‘Ornatum,’ ,Acer palmatum dissectum ‘Viridis’ and Acer japonicum ‘Green Cascade’ (a Full Moon Japanese Maple) 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’ is a green laceleaf with irregular pink and white variegations throughout–needs a shady location. Acer palmatum dissectum ‘Hana matoi’ is a red laceleaf with lighter pink variegation throughout the foliage. Acer shirasawanum ‘Kawaii’ is a weeping full moon maple with red dissected leaves becoming more green into the summer.
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.