Japanese Maple Tree Varieties
Coonara Pygmy is a lovely dwarf maple that grows into a rounded shape. Coonara pygmy has small bright green leaves which emerge in spring that are densely clustered on the stems. A natural dwarf variety, this tree makes a great bonsai. Fall colors transitions into yellow-orange and pink to deep pink and purple tones in late fall. This variety was first discovered in Australia. Morning sun afternoon shade is best in hot climates. Coonara Pygmy will reach a max height of 5 feet tall x 5 feet wide in 10 years. Hardy to -20 degrees. USDA zone 5.
Gossamer is an Acer japonicum dwarf with a frilly, dense growth habit. Quite possibly the most finely cut of the japonicums, Gossamer has a very unique, fanciful look. Beautiful green foliage turns to oranges and reds in the fall. Gossamer is a great addition to cold climate landscapes, as it is hardy to -20. This variety maxes out at about 3 feet high by two feet in width. Best suited for zones 5-9.