A. japonicum Aconitifolium ‘Dancing Peacock’
The Acer japonicum Aconitifolium or Dancing Peacock has thickly dissected green leaves give this maple the general appearance that a multitude of peacocks are dancing on the limb. Fantastic performer in the fall as leaves display brilliant scarlet tones with oranges and giving the appearance of flames. Attractive crimson-colored seeds. Aconitifolium means finely cut leaves. Hardy growing to 14 feet. Sun/part shade.
Acer circinatum Monroe
Monroe is a wonderful cultivar of our native circinatum! Leaves are big and lacey. Open and airy this plant is vigorous and spreading viney like the native. Bronzing of leaves occurs when plant is exposed to abundant sun. Fall colors of strong yellow. Strong growing to 12' . Sun/ mostly shade. Hardy to -20 degrees. USDA zone 5.
Abigail Rose is a wonderful dwarf Acer palmatum with variegated leaves like a miniature Alpenweiss or Higasayama, that has delicate reticulated leaves. Many leaves do not have variegation when young but as the tree matures more variegation develops. Fall color is orange. Abigail Rose is a small dwarf with slender twigs which will grow to 3-feet high and 1-foot wide in 10 years. Abigail Rose is susceptible to powdery mildew and needs to be placed where there is good airflow. Does best in morning sun afternoon shade. Can be difficult to grow - does not like cold wet springs and like to grow in drier climates.
These trees are green leafed species maples. That is they are seedlings of the genus Acer palmatum. They are beautiful in their own way all slightly different from one another. They are often hardier than cultivars and make a great choice for the gardener that is looking for a japanese maple for the first time. They are great for multiple plantings in the landscape or bonsai. Spring time color is light green with flecks of red from the leaf buds. As summer progresses the leaves turn a darker shade of green. Fall brings bright oranges and reds to the leaves. Very hardy. Under optimum conditions this tree can grow 30 feet high or more.
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Japanese Maple Tree Varieties
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Acer circinatum Pacific Sprite
Pacific Sprite is a cultivar of the vine maple which is native to the Pacific Northwest. Pacific Sprite is a slow-growing upright deciduous tree with thick branches. The green leaves are twisted and contorted giving the maple a unique appearance. Pacific Sprite has a golden Fall color. sun/partial shade. 6' tall x 2' wide in 10 years. Hardy to -20 degrees. USDA zone 5.