Japanese maples

acer palmatum

Acer palmatum ‘Bloodgood’

Japanese maples (Acer palmatum) are in a slightly different category of tree.  Most other trees provide shade whereas Japanese maples require shade.  Most can take some morning sun, but afternoon shade is much appreciated in our hot summers.  There are numerous leaf sizes, shapes and colors as well as many tree sizes and forms (far too many to discuss here), but all are very graceful and airy and make beautiful additions to any garden.