Plants We Love: Japanese Maple

Plant name: Japanese Maple

Botanical name:
Acer palmatum ‘Atropurpureum’

Suggested by:
Bob Buzzo, Lawyer Nursery

Virtues:
Versatile small tree with year-round interest.

Foliage:
Classic maple leaf. Leaf color is one of its strong attractions. Ranges from red to burgundy.

Habit:
Small tree to 20 feet, sometimes larger.

Season:
Early spring, for bright red new leaves and flowers; fall for fiery red foliage. Leaves are burgundy through summer; bare silhouette is interesting in winter.

Companions:
Conifers.

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Read about plants that other gardeners love
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—SoupAddict
Posted to the Gardener’s Forum

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