Japanese Maple Trees – Care, and varieties for sale
Japanese Maple Trees include both Acer palmatum and Acer japonicum species, however it is the cultivars of former that the most sought after variety as a garden plant in Australia.
Available for sale as large specimens as well as seedlings many varieties are grafted and price will vary depending on size, age and actual cultivars. Values for the brilliant autumn colour Acer palmatum Osakazuki is a favourite (picture right)
The demand for Japanese Maples in Australia has steadily increased over recent years. Being available as dwarf grafted varieties as well as small trees, landscapers can find the right sized tree for most locations.
Used widely in garden plantings for the autumn color as well as the graceful appearance.
Young trees are available for sale by Mail Order, Retail and from Retail Nurseries. Smaller trees that are around 2 years old are available for as little as $25 each. These are the type that can be posted as bare root plants in winter. More advanced specimens can range up to $500 plus for a large established tree.
Types include: Upright (Acer Palmatum), Dissected cut leaf types ( Acer palmatum dissectum), variegated types and many cultivars.
Care of Japanese Maple Trees
Japanese maples are happy in sun or shade but prefer some protection from the hot afternoon sun and drying winds. They grow best in a well drained humus rich soil. Trees should be staked and watered well until established especially during dry periods.
After two – three years most varieties can withstand dry periods and could be regarded are drought tolerant. We suggest digging some well rotted compost and cow manure into the area where you intend to plant the tree 3- 4 weeks before planting. Stake and water in well with a liquid seaweed fertilizer as this encourages root growth. The best planting time is in early autumn when the soil is still warm and some root growth can be encouraged before winter.
These are a tree that requires little pruning however they may be pruned to shape if required and dead, damaged or diseased wood should be pruned.
Our favorite cultivar is Acer Palmatum dissectum seiryu the only upright Dissectum (cutleaf) variety. Hardy, vigorous and dainty light green foliage turning brilliant Autumn tones of red and orange.
Popular cultivars and species include:
- Acer palmatum atropurpureum
- Acer palmatum bloodgood
- acer palmatum senkaki
- Acer palmatum sango kaku
- Acer palmatum dissectum seiryu
- Acer palmatum fireglow
- Dwarf Japanese Maples are also available
These are an attractive small tree generally reaching around 6m on maturity in good conditions, sometimes taller. Many smaller growing cultivars are also available. They grow well in cooler climates, thriving in Melbourne, and also growing well in from Perth to Sydney as well as in the highland areas of Queensland
The upright species and cultivars have a classic ‘vase like’ shape, broadening out to a wide crown. The main attraction is the foliage, which is either green, red or gold in new growth and turning a range of shades from gold to blazing reds in autumn.
Once established these plants are hardy and require little maintenance. They make excellent small shade trees and are a great ornamental feature in the garden.
You may also be interested in
- Ginkgo Biloba
- Acer saccharum
- Acer buegerianum
- Acer japonicum vitifolium
- Acer palmatum shaina
- Acer platanoides globosum
- Acer negundo
- Acer palmatum atropurpureum
- Acer palmatum dissectum
- Acer rubrum
Japanese Maples are available for sale from the following participating growers
WINTER HILL TREE FARM Ph: 02 4878 9193 Fax: 02 4878 9109
NSW Southern Highlands
Retail & Wholesale. Advanced trees & hedging. Grown in pots for year-round planting. 45 litre - 1000 litre available. Great range. Great Quality. Delivery available.
We offer a wide range of quality plants (seedlings to advanced trees) delivered straight to your door. No minimum required and quality assured. We deliver Victoria wide and can plant for you too.
1870 Myers Creek Rd, Toolangi VIC 3777
Est. in 1994, we offer over 30 Varieties of quality 2nd year grafted Japanese Maples (Acer palmatum) available for mail order.
'Justly famous for rare and unusual plants' Don Teese
34 Mt Pleasant Rd Monbulk VIC 3793
55 McDougal Rd Neerim South Victoria 3831 PH: (03) 56281507
Advanced ornamental trees and garden designs and concept plans. Direct to your property combined with specialist knowledge and outstanding service.
CNR Sherbrooke & Mt Dandenong Tourist Rds Ferny Creek. VIC 3786
Conifers, Magnolias, Maples, Dogwoods and Buxus.
1070 Jacksons Track, Jindivick 3818
Specialising in growing and selling Rare and Unusual Trees, shrubs Perennials Bulbs and Climbers, a unique nursery with amazing stock.
470 Monbulk-Silvan Road Monbulk VIC 3793
"Guaranteed mail order flowering bulbs, perennials, roses, trees, landscaping plants, garden accessories and community fundraising Austra lia-wide."
COSTA’S TREELAND NURSERY
355 Pini Lane Mudgegonga VIC 3737 – phone: 0357534572 fax: 0357534572
Suppliers of hardy, bare root trees, from June to late September.We service VIC, NSW, QLD, & SA.
NATIONWIDE TREES P/L
3590 Yarra Junction – Noojee Rd Piedmont Vic 3833 – phone: 03 56289554 fax: 03 56289677
Nationwide Trees supplies a broad range of deciduous tree seedlings, rootstocks and some conifers.
HEDLEN ADVANCED LANDSCAPE PLANTS
25 Morell St Mornington Vic 3931 – phone: 0418398540 fax: 03 5975 5559
Supply plant guarantee advanced trees 3/6m high ,screen,hedge, magnolia & others
MESARA TREE FARM
George Emery Lane Glenquarry NSW 2576 – Ph 02 4887 1284
Semi Advanced trees. Wholesale direct. Contract growing. Plane, Birch, Nyssa, Magnolia, Cypress, Linden.