2021

RSF Japanese Maple List

Listed below are the Japanese Maple varieties we expect to have for this season.  Quantities are limited and the best selection will be available late April and May.

Acer circinatum Sunny Sister Another wonderful cultivar of Acer circinatum, ‘Sunny Sister’ shines like it’s sister ‘Sunglow’. Sunny Sister displays tones of lots of apricot and peach (“more so than Sunglow”) as the leaves emerge in spring, fading to a lime chartruese yellow for the rest of the season. Slow growing this maple will reach 6 feet in 10 years. Morning sun with protection from hot sun is best. Hardy to -20 degrees.
Acer griseum Paperbark Maple This attractive small- to medium-sized ornamental tree is excellent for a small area or for adding structure to a mixed perennial garden. Paper-barked maple is a great plant for four seasons: Winter and spring are highlighted with cinnamon-colored, exfoliating bark that is accentuated by light snow, while summer brings delicate leaves with a bluish cast that can turn bronze in fall. Fall color is not consistent from year to year.
Acer japonicum Aconitifolium Full moon maple – A low branched, small garden tree with deeply cut leaves, the Fernleaf Fullmoon Maple is dark-green in summer. Then in fall, the foliage turns a magnificent array of intense colors; brilliant scarlet shading into purple. Prominent red seeds also contribute to the show. Small spring flowers of wine and white
Acer japonicum Rising Sun Acer japonicum ‘Rising Sun’ is a recent Iseli selection with uncommonly large, heavily textured leaves–up to 8″ across–that give the tree a tropical look. Its vigorous, multi-branched habit produces sturdy limbs and rigid twigs, and the autumn show of red, yellow, and orange will take your breath away.
Acer japonicum Vitifolium Tree with a stiff, spreading branch structure. The soft, fluffy leaves, light-to-robust green from early spring through summer, change in fall to a spectacular display of orange-yellow and bright red. Early, showy, red and white flowers add extra ornamental interest. Tree performs best with filtered or full sun in rich, moist soil.
Acer palmatum Arakawa  The vigorous, upright Acer palmatum ‘Arakawa’ develops cracks, creases and fissures that give it an aged look, even when young. Whether enjoyed in containers, trained as bonsai or grown out in the garden, it is a collector’s tree that offers green, palmate foliage in summer, an exceptional display of scarlet red in fall, and fascinating bark for winter. Considered by many as the top choice for red fall color in Pacific Northwest gardens.
Acer palmatum Bihou Spectacular seasonal colors make this small tree highly desirable. Leaf color starts out light yellow-green with a pink flush, then changes to green for summer and takes on a very bright yellow in fall. Twigs and young branches brighten up the winter landscape with a yellow to apricot-orange color.
Acer palmatum Bloodgood A deservedly popular Japanese Maple, this robust, upright tree has large, deep red leaves that push bright red in spring. Leaves mature to deep, rich purple and retain their color well, even during the heat of summer.  Crimson fall color and scarlet, winged seeds add extra interest to this sturdy garden standard.
Acer palmatum Butterfly This vase-shaped tree has small, dainty, variegated (blue-green and white) leaves with a light tinge of pink. In fall, the creamy margins become a blazing magenta. Consider this elegant tree for a dramatic entry planting in full sun or light shade.
Acer palmatum Crimson Queen A low-branching, dwarf tree with a delicate, weeping form. The foliage holds its beautiful crimson color throughout summer and can turn bright scarlet in autumn. Sun-tolerant in cooler regions, where sunlight intensifies the foliage color. Site in a bright dappled shade setting elsewhere. Well-suited for use as a container specimen.
Acer palmatum Emperor 1 An outstanding cultivar of Japanese Maples, Acer palmatum ‘Emperor I’ is a small, upright, wide-crowned tree of great beauty in all seasons. … Vigorous, this graceful maple tree stands out in the landscape and is suitable as a focal point or as the perfect foil for a mass of green in the landscape.
Acer palmatum Hime Shojo Japanese maple Hime shojo is a small deciduous tree with a broad twiggy form. Hime sojo has leaves in the Spring that are a pleasing reddish brown. They turn more green in summer, especially if planted in shade. Prefers sun/partial shade. Fall colors orange and red. Dwarf sized to 6′ . Hardy to -20 degrees.
Acer palmatum Iijima Sinago Acer palmatum ‘Iijima sunago’ has a profusion of tiny, green spots that develop in late summer on reddish-brown leaves, giving the appearance of having been sprinkled with sand. Earlier in the year, in spring and early summer, the leaves are rich, orange-red with green venation; in fall, a dramatic show of intense colors takes over.
Acer palmatum Ilarian ‘Ilarian’, a stunning introduction from Talon Buchholz, offers an improvement upon the classic ‘Oridono Nishiki’. Each leaf is set off with an alluring mix of pink and white variegation that swirls and spirals in broad brushstrokes against a fresh green background. The upright plants are top performers with strong growth.
Acer palmatum Katsura One of the first Japanese Maples to leaf out, this small, upright, dwarf tree sports small, five-lobed leaves that start out brilliant yellow-orange and turn to rich green. In fall, a phenomenal display of pastel yellows and oranges prevails.
Acer palmatum Koto Maru This beautiful dense slow-growing dwarf is the green version of ‘Beni Hime. ‘ Older leaves turn deep green, contrasting nicely with the colorful new growth. Koto maru is a round dwarf tree with tiny pink/yellow leaves in spring, changing to darker green by summer. Fall color is crimson red.
Acer palmatum Koto-no-ito Delicate green threadlike foliage has tinges of crimson in spring, turning curious tones of orange, peach and red in fall, leaves are almost bamboo-like but vary significantly on the same plant; wonderful in containers or bonsai, a great garden accent
Acer palmatum Mikawa yatsubusa Excellent choice for small landscapes. Layers of small leaves that overlap each other because of close leaf spacing and short petioles. The effect is striking: a rather dense yet sculptural plant with a diverse assortment of leaf size and color. New growth seems to include the whole color spectrum between yellow and green, with older growth turning dark green. In fall, a different color palette takes over, spanning the range between yellow and scarlet.
Acer palmatum Orangeola A season-long kaleidoscope of colors. Foliage changes from green to purple and then a brilliant shade of orange-red in the fall. Graceful, arching deciduous tree displaying deeply-lobed, finely-serrated leaves, giving an artistic lacy effect. Grows slightly taller than wide, unlike most weeping lace-leaf Japanese maples.
Acer palmatum Red Dragon Red Dragon Japanese Maple has fingered leaves like the claws of a dragon and in spring they emerge a bright cherry red, turn burgundy over summer, holding their color well and then exploding into crimson tones in fall. Happy in ordinary garden conditions, this is the perfect starter Japanese Maple, and the pick of connoisseurs too.
Acer palmatum Rhode Island Red An outstanding new dwarf selection, this upright tree boasts very dense, compact branching, which yields a round-to-ovate outline. It has mid-size, palmate leaves with a bright red, spring flush that darkens as leaves mature. Fall foliage is outstanding orange to red, and in winter, dark red stems add drama to the scene.  Deer resistant, good for smaller gardens
Acer palmatum Sango kaku Widely known as the Coral Bark Maple, this cultivar is popular for its flaming, coral-red bark that stands out against drifts of snow in winter. The leaves emerge in spring with a flush of bright, yellow-orange and change to soft green for summer, which provides a sharp contrast to the glowing, coral bark. Bright golden fall color is a flashy effect too.  Bark color intensifies in cold weather
Acer palmatum Sharp’s Pygmy This naturally compact seedling is an outstanding miniature maple. The dense, rounded shrub is covered with small, green, palmate leaves with coarse margins from spring through summer; in fall, dramatic red leaves give way to a great branch structure for winter. Site this beauty where it can be seen “up-close and personal”; in the container, the courtyard or patio bed, or for bonsai culture.
Acer palmatum Shindeshojo The astonishing spring color of this small, dense tree starts out intensely dark, fuchsia-pink and changes to brilliant crimson-scarlet. In mid-summer, the color calms to pleasing green with red-orange margins. Then fall extends the colorful show with a blend of orange and yellow. A classic form provides handsome winter stature.  Small tree/shrub
Acer palmatum Shishigashira Heavily curled green leaves give an interesting texture to this compact, shrubby tree. Foliage becomes purple-red with orange-red patterns in fall, is most intense in full sun, and is less likely to sunburn than other varieties. Popular for bonsai, as a container specimen, and in small gardens. Highly sculptural form improves with age.
Acer palmatum Spring Delight This delightful laceleaf selection sports soft green leaves with pinkish-red margins in the spring. The foliage then turns to vivid green in the summer prior to putting on a dazzling autumn show of assorted orange hues. Can be grown in a container for patios/decking.
Acer palmatum Tamukeyama A graceful, mounding, dwarf tree with waxy, deep red bark and beautiful cascading branches. Deeply lobed foliage is a beautiful purple-red throughout the summer and turns bright red in the fall. An ideal accent for Asian-themed gardens. Well-suited for use as a container specimen.
Acer palmatum Tobiosho A broad, upright habit, even when young, supports the dense, green canopy of this Japanese Maple from spring through summer. In fall, the foliage bursts into an unsurpassed show of brilliant colors that starts on the lower branches and advances up the tree. Gold appears first and changes to orange, then scarlet until all three colors are on display at once.  Finally, they all go completely scarlet.
Acer palmatum Tsuma gaki Yellow-green leaves emerge cupped with burgundy-orange tips.  It looks as if the entire tree is unfolding soft flowers (the leaves) – others have described it as flocking birds.  Tip color lasts until early summer.  Summer leaves are flat and held horizontally.  Fall color is reds and oranges.
Acer palmatum Virdis Vivid green, finely cut leaves change to beautiful shades of gold and crimson in the fall. Small tree with graceful weeping habit and excellent branching architecture. An excellent accent under larger trees, near a water garden or in container. Thrives in dappled sun.
Acer shirasawanum Aureum Acer shirasawanum Aureum is known as the ‘Golden Full Moon Maple’. Spring color is exquisite lime green. Summer color is a golden yellow-green with a tinge of red along the edges of each leaf. Fall color ranges from orange to crimson. Morning sun with afternoon shade is needed to prevent burning the leaves. Placement in either a northern or eastern location would be best. As such, this cultivar is highly desired for a smaller partial shade garden.
Acer shirasawanum Autumn Moon This beautiful, small tree boasts leaves with a unique color and firm texture. The unusual burnt-orange/ bronzy-gold shade is strongest with lots of sun, more yellow-green where shaded. Outstanding fall color–rich orange and red–creates a spectacular show. Use the multi-branched tree with angular branching and a striking winter form as a specimen or focal point. In areas of intense sun, protect it from scorching summer exposure.
Acer triflorum Three Flowered Maple The shaggy peeling bark and glorious yellow, orange, and red fall foliage make up for the inconspicuous nature of this ornamental tree’s namesake flowers. Three-flowered maple is a fine specimen tree for gardens, with a habit that can be upright or spreading.
Acer x pseudosieboldianum Cascadia Finely divided, multi-dimensional leaves make Acer x pseudosieboldianum ‘Cascadia’ a notable member of the Pacific Rim® collection. The bright green leaves unfurl in spring and retain a vibrant color during summer and then in fall change to a stunning yellow orange. Inheriting the sculptural branching structure from the Korean parent, this small tree has a unique Asian style aesthetic that is beautiful in all seasons.
Acer x pseudosieboldianum Ice Dragon Ice Dragon® is a welcome addition to the Jack Frost® series. An all-season, small garden maple, bred and selected to tolerate Zone 4 winters, while retaining the refined qualities of the less hardy Japanese maples. Spring begins as leaves unfurl blushed orange-red, quickly maturing to green. In summer, the finely divided, delicate appearing green leaves are durable and tolerant of sun and heat. Autumn brings foliage of a kaleidoscope of yellow, orange and red. After leaf drop, the sinuous undulating branch structure is a visual treat during the long cold winter months.
Acer x pseudosieboldianum North wind North Wind® is the flagship member of the Jack Frost® Series, bred by Iseli Nursery to tolerate harsh and dramatic weather shifts that occur in many regions of the country. It has been unscathed at Iowa testing locations including winter temperatures of -30°F. The palmate leaves emerge red in spring changing by midsummer to green, followed by a dramatic orange-scarlet in fall.