- USDA hardiness zones:
Japanese maple is a multi-stemmed shrub or single-stemmed small tree that typically grows to 10-25 tall. General plant form is rounded to broad-rounded, often with low-branching. ëVilla Taranto is a compact, mounding form that typically grows to 6-10 tall over a number of years. Palmate, 5-lobed leaves (to 3.5î long) have very narrow lobes. Leaves emerge reddish-purple in spring, mature to green with red overtones in summer and turn golden orange in autumn. Small reddish-purple flowers in spring are somewhat attractive on close inspection, but are not showy from a distance. Flowers are followed by samaras that ripen in late summer to fall.
- Full sun to part shade
Easily grown in moist, organically rich, well-drained soils in full sun to part shade. Best performance is in sun-dappled part shade, but best fall color is usually in full sun. Avoid hot, dry sites. Plant in a location protected from strong winds.
Size and growth:
- 6.0 to 10.0 feet
- 4.0 to 7.0 feet
Bloom / flowers:
Insignificant flowers, Good in the fall, Colored leaves, and Purple
Japanese maples are generally grown for their attractive foliage and shape. Specimen/accent or group around the home or yard or periphery of the border or rock garden. Multi-stemmed shrub forms are effective in small groupings in shrub borders. May be grown in tubs/patio containers.
No serious insect or disease problems. Susceptible to stem canker and leaf spots. Verticillium wilt may also occur. Watch for borers, scale, mites and aphids. Foliage tends to leaf out early in spring and is subject to damage from late spring frosts.