Dwarf Japanese Maple (Acer palmatum ‘Atropurpureum’)

Dwarf Japanese Maple

  • Adaptable
  • Three Seasons of Color
  • Perfect for Large Containers

Sometimes ‘new’ trends are actually ‘old’ trends in fresh clothes. Sometimes they are really old trends – like 1,000 year old trends. Take the latest fascination with smaller plants suited for smaller, urban gardens. You’ll see this trend popping up in every magazine, paper and lifestyle show right now. It makes sense. People are downsizing, moving back to cities, cultivating smaller gardens. Smaller plants are needed to fill this niche. Some plants are ‘engineered’. Some are discovered. Some are rediscovered. Take the Dwarf Japanese Maple (Acer palmatum) for instance.

This is not a new plant…not by any stretch of the imagination. The first mention of them in Japanese literature is from the 7th century. (That’s seventh, as in a long, long time ago.) They were first brought into cultivation in Europe in 1820. (Also a long, long time ago.) So to say that these plants are becoming trendy now is almost laughable. But they are enjoying a fresh resurgence and a whole new group of admirers.

And what’s not to admire? Delicate leaves, beautiful shapes, stunning colors. They provide an instantly refined look in your garden bed or patio container.

Do you need a tree as a focal point? A tree that will accent your entry or will bring attention to a special feature of your house? Dwarf Japanese Maples will do the job like no other tree can. They will happily live in a container for their entire lives.

These lovely trees are prized by landscape designers, and are adaptable ornamental trees.

Dwarf Japanese Maples are an easy and satisfying way to hop on the latest trend of smaller plants…even if it has been a couple thousand years in the making!

Dwarf Japanese Maple (Acer palmatum ‘Atropurpureum’) Details

Common name Dwarf Japanese Maple
Botanical name Acer palmatum 'Atropurpureum'
Hardiness zone 5-8
Growth rate Slow
Height 10 - 25 ft.
Width 10 - 25 ft.
Sunlight Partial Shade
Moisture Average
Soil condition Well-Drained
Pollinator-friendly Yes
Flower color Insignificant