Japanese Maple Tree Varieties
Acer circinatum Pacific Fire
Pacific Fire is my favorite cultivar of Acer circinatum. Pacific Fire has flaming red bark in the winter that dazzles in the landscape with color. The orange - red bark has a waxy sheen to it that really makes the bark shine. Nice bronzing of the leaves when placed in full sun. A multibranching shrub/tree like the species but slower growing. Fall color is bright yellows with some orange which really make a show against the firery bark! 10 feet in 8 years. . Holds up well in the sun and heat... tends to become even more beautiful in the full sun. Will burn in extreme heat (> 90°) Hardy to -20 degrees. USDA zone 5.
Acer palmatum Beni Kawa is a Japanese maple that is very similar to the popular Sango kaku. Beni-Kawa has a very nice salmon-red bark, green leaves in summer and and vibrant fall color. Beni kawa seems to have a slightly deeper or richer red color than the Coral Bark maple. Beni Kawa is slightly slower growing than the Coral bark, with an upright vase-shaped habit. Will grow to about 10'. Hardy but in hot climates does best with morning sun and afternoon shade.
Coral Bark Japanese Maple
The Coral Bark maple has beautiful red winter twigs which are the attraction with this fine Japanese maple. The Coral bark maple is also known as Acer palmatum Sango Kaku. The Coral Bark has lovely green leaves that turn golden yellow to orange in Fall. Sango kaku will grow to about 12' in ten years. Does best with part shade in very hot climates.
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Fjellheim is a maple that arose from a witches'-broom growing on Sango kaku, the Coral Bark Japanese maple. Hence, it forms a compact tree like tree much like the popular Coral Bark but smaller. Fjellheim has the same wonderful bark color and yellow Fall color as Sango kaku, Fjellheim will remain a dwarf growing only 5 feet or so. It is great for the small garden or containers. Fjellheim can be difficult to grow in wet areas - be sure to have good drainage in your soil if you intend to grow this wonderful maple.