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Upright Japanese Maples

To check on availability of a particular maple or for a complete description of a variety, call us during regular business hours. This list is updated regularly. Height and sun requirements are approximate. All Japanese maples prefer protection from strong sun in this area and nearly all prefer either light shade or morning sun with afternoon shade. For Japanese maples that can take full afternoon sun, check out our Sun Tolerant List!!!

Aconitifolium  To 15'. Green leaves in spring and summer with pink seed pods. Scarlet-gold-orange in fall. Filtered light accentuates the large size and deep color of the leaves. A mature example is growing in our Japanese garden. A nursery favorite.
Aka Hosada To 8'. Red linear leaves in spring and summer, bronzing some in late summer. Crimson in fall. Small, upright columnar tree. Nice as a small accent plant or in a container. Some morning sun will accentuate the red color, however afternoon shade is suggested.
Akane A more intensely orange version of the popular Katsura, this small tree grows to about 10' in an upright pattern. After the orange and yellow spring growth, the leaves change to a light green and then orange and yellow in autumn. Rare and hard to find, this is a favorite of one of our long-time customers with an extensive collection of Japanese maples. Hard to grow.
Aka shigitatsu sawa Small tree to about 9-12'. Attractive spreading form, slightly wider than it is tall. Variegated leaves emerge in shades of pink, from dark to light, in spring with green veining, with stronger green overtones in the summer. Red in Fall. Shade. Newer name is Beni shigatatsu sawa. 
Alpenweiss Japanese Maple, variegated leaf
Alpenweiss To 9-12'. Green leaves edged with white. Pink-tinged in spring. Nice vase shape. Outstanding new variegated tree! Gold and red in fall. Good in containers. Shade or limited morning sun. Gorgeous variegation has fans throughout the country.
Amagi Shidari
Amagi Shigure 
Amber Ghost Gorgeous leaf coloration! Amber rose color in the spring turns to soft amber with emerging green undertones and veination later in the summer. Medium to large leaves with the reticulated "Ghost" variegation and a subtle wave or twist in some leaf margins. Absolutely lovely. Moderately vigorous compared with other trees of its type. Fairly new, but will probably reach 12-15' feet or so with a nice upright form. Best in some morning sun to bring out the amber color with protection from hot mid-day or afternoon sun.
Angustilobum -Similar to or identical to 'Atrolineare'. Red narrow, willow-like or string-like leaves, turning to a bronze-red later in the summer, then bright red in the fall. To about 13' tall. Graceful, open form, more densely foliaged than some other linear leafed maples. Best with some morning sun to accentuate the red leaves with some afternoon shade to protect the tree from excessive moisture loss.  
Aocha Nishiki Chartreuse foliage in spring, turning to green in summer and yellow and red in autumn. Subtle variegation in the right conditions. To 9' or so. Best in light shade.
Ao Itaya
Ao shime no uchi  To 9-15'. Green linear leaves. Gold in fall. Takes some morning sun, but best protected from afternoon sun. A mature example is growing in our display garden.
Aoyagi (See Ukon)
Ariadne Stunning reticulated variegation. Pastel pinks and salmon with green skeletal veining in spring, darkening in summer. Fall color is orange and reds. About 10' tall in the right location. Light shade or very limited morning sun is best. Needs good light for coloration, but will burn in strong sun.
Arakawa  To 12-18'. Distinctive and unusual rough bark and nice upright shape. Green leaves in spring and summer. Gold and red in fall. Takes some morning sun, but best protected from afternoon sun.
Asagi Nishiki New for us, we think it will be in the 6-9' range. LIght green leaves with creamy green variegation. Red in fall. Light shade.
Asahi zuru  To 12-18'. Variegated green and white leaves with a touch of pink in the spring. Fall color is orange. Often whole leaves are white. Although this tree is typically sought after for the variegation, the tree has a naturally pleasing shape, superior to many other small maples. It is upright but with a good spreading form which it often develops quite naturally. Very good maple.  Light shade.
Atrolineare Red linear leaves. Upright shrub-like tree to 13'. Denser than other linear leaf trees. Best color in some sun but not tested in full afternoon sun. 
Atropurpureum These are seed-grown varieties. Each tree is unique. Usually about 18' with red leaves in spring and early summer. Red in fall. Takes morning sun, and many are sun tolerant, but like most Japanese maples, they're at their best protected from intense afternoon sun.
Attaryii In time, can reach over 20' tall. Beautiful green leaves in spring and summer. Red, yellow, and orange in fall. Filtered light.
Attraction Nice red leaves turn crimson in fall. Tall upright growth to 20' or so. Takes some sun, but best protected from extensive hot afternoon sun. Also called 'Suberbum' because of it's superb coloration.
Aureum In time can reach 15-21'. Yellow-green leaves in spring. Light green leaves in summer. Orange and red in fall. Filtered light. Also called Golden Full Moon Maple. Beautiful tree but can be challenging to grow in the hot Central Valley. In addition to filtered light, give it a cool location in hot climates.
Autumn Moon A shirasawanum maple like the popular 'Aureum' except leaves have overtones of orange. Fall color is orange and red. Slow growth to maybe 20' or so. In the Sacramento Valley, this tree prefers a cool location with light shade. 
Azuma murasaki-Red leaves in spring and early summer, bronzing in late summer, then a good red in fall. To 12-18' tall. The name means 'Purple of the East'. Takes morning sun, but protect from afternoon sun.
B-17 Small red linear leafed tree to about 6'. This is a new variety for us but we'd suggest morning sun and shade in the afternoon for this tree.
Baby Ghost One of the Ghost series of Japanese maples, this small tree has the reticulated variegation of the other Ghost trees with red-pink overtones. We understand that expected growth is about 6' or so. Light shade or filtered light would be good.
Beni Fushigi To 10'. Red-pink leaves in spring, turning to red, bronzy red, and bronzy green in summer. New summer growth is red over the bronzy green foliage giving it a striking and attractive appearance. Leaves are unusual. Some sun is good for this tree, but keep it out out of hot intense afternoon sun.
Beni Gasa To 13'. Lovely red leaves turn scarlet in fall. Morning sun will bring out the red coloration better but avoid afternoon sun. Similare to Kinran, except it has red leaves. New tree for us.
Beni Hoshi Compact dwarf tree to about 6' or a little more. Bright rosy red leaves in spring turn green in summer and orange and gold in fall. The name means 'red star' and is descriptive of the leaves in spring. Nice small garden plant. Good container tree. Likes morning sun and afternoon shade. 
Beni Kawa To 9-12'. Gorgeous coral bark in winter, from late fall through mid-spring. Green leaves in spring and summer. Gold in fall. Takes some sun, but best protected from intense hot afternoon sun. A favorite in the coral-bark group of trees.
Beni Komachi This nice small tree has bright red leaves in spring, turning to green in summer, then scarlet in fall. To about 10' or so. Best with some morning sun, but avoid hot afternoon sun.
Beni Komo No Su Very small and finely cut dissected leaves. Red in spring and early summer turning to a bronzy green then bright red in fall. Nice delicate-looking plant for a container on a patio. Light shade is okay and although a little sun in the morning will help bring out the red color but it's probably too delicate to take an exposure with extensive sun.
Beni Kosade Dwarf sized tree from a low of 3' to possibly 9' with excellent soil and growing conditions. Pink leaves in spring. This one is new for us, but we'd suggest some morning sun but no strong afternoon sun.
Beni Maiko To 9' or so. Brilliant pink-red leaves in spring, fading to salmon and apricot shades then to green in summer. Brilliant red in fall. Trees with pink and coral spring leaves like this one, need some sun and good air circulation for best color and health so we'd suggest a goodly amount of morning sun then some protection in the heat of the afternoon. The name means "Red Haired Dancing Girl".
Beni otake To about 20', but usually smaller. Beautiful dark red linear leaves in spring and summer. Vivid crimson in fall. Very attractive shape, upright with enough visibility into the interior of the tree to highlight the branching without being too open or bare. With close attention to its water needs, it will take sun but we haven't tested it in hot locations.
Beni shi-en To 12-18'. Unusual variegated coloration with smoky red color and smoky green ribbing. Gold with some red in the fall. The leaves have an attractive sickle shape or distortion. One of the most interesting and vigorous variegated varieties. Takes sun and color is more dramatic with some sun. The name means "Red Smoke".
Beni shichihenge To 6-16'. Nicely variegated green and white leaves with bright salmon pink coloration in the spring and early summer. Red in the fall. A nice tree for a shady corner of the garden either alone or with other Japanese maples. Best with shade or filtered light.
Beni tsukasa To 9-15' tall. Peachy-red in the early spring. Red with green/bronze undertones in summer. Nice orange-red in the fall. Takes some sun, but best protected from strong hot afternoon sun.
Beni ubi gohon To 6-9'. Red linear leaves in spring and early summer. Red in fall. Best in morning sun, and protected from mid-day and afternoon sun.
Bihou Also spelled 'Bi Ho". One of the Coral Bark maples except this one has stunning yellow to coral-orange in winter. Nice light green leaves turning yellow with red in autumn. A new tree for us, but we understand that it is a small tree to about 7'. With it's outstanding bright yellow shoots with coral overtones, this has been an immediate nursery favorite!!! Morning sun will give better coloration of the shoots but protect from afternoon sun.
Bloodgood To 15-20'. Red leaves in spring and summer. Bright crimson in fall. Vigorous with good structure and form. This is the classic upright Japanese maple. A nursery and customer favorite; this is one of Laurie's favorites. Highly recommened.
Blue Moon A Shirasawanum-type maple. New maple with an estimated height to possibly 20' but probably less in this climate. Leaves are bright yellow-green to chartreuse in spring and summer turning orange and red in fall. Plant in light shade or minimal morning sun only. RARE!  
Bonfire To 9-18'. Red-scarlet leaves in spring turning to green in the summer. Flame red in fall. Will take some sun. Also called "Seigai".
Boskoop Glory To 18-20'. Red leaves in spring and summer turning bronzy orange by late summer. Brilliant crimson in fall. Lots of color change throughout the season. Tolerates full sun well. One of the owner's favorite Japanese maples. A beautiful tree.
Burgundy Lace To 12-18'. Distinctive red leaves in spring and early summer slowly fading to a nice green by season's end. Red in the fall. Best with some morning sun but takes more sun with sufficient water. Good upright shape with attractive branching structure. A beautiful, mature specimen is growing in our display garden.
Butterfly To 9-12'. Variegated green and white leaves with some pink margins in the spring. Good green and white variegation in the summer. Red and yellow in the fall. Best in some shade or filtered light.
Calico Most literature claims this is a dwarf Katsura-type tree about 8' tall, but we think it's a semi-dwarf tree with mature height more in the 12' range. Pastel yellow leaves with orange margins in the spring. Light green leaves in the summer. Orange leaves in the fall. Takes some light morning sun, but best out of mid-day or afternoon sun. A dwarf 'Katsura' Japanese maple. Good for a container or as a small spring specimen tree in the garden. Nicely shaped; many dwarf -type trees are shrubby but this one matures into an attractive small tree.
Chishio Imroved (Shishio Improved) To 15'. Bright pink leaves in early spring change to apricot, then salmon, as spring progresses. Green in summer. Vivid red in fall. One of the best of the pink -spring trees. Will take sun in most locations with adequate water. A mature specimen is growing in the back of the koi pond behind the waterfall. A nursery favorite. This is one of Laurie's favorites. 
Chitoseyama Nicely divided deep red leaves tinged with crimson pink in springtime, turning bronzy by late summer, then crimsonn in fall. To about 10' in a mounding shrub form. Needs some sun for good leaf coloration, but avoid excessively hot afternoon sun.
Clarabell New for us. We'd guess the height to be a smaller tree. Similar to Katsura; spring foliage emerges lemony yellow with bright orange margins. Leaves are smaller and dimunitive. Best in light shade, most of these Katsura-type trees burn in strong afternoon sun in the Sacramento Valley. Try this one under large shade trees in a spring garden with daffodils or in a container!
Corallinium To 6-9'. Pink leaves in the spring. Green in the summer. Scarlet in the fall. Will take some morning sun but protect from hot afternoon sun.
Crimson Carol To 16'. Lovely red leaves, very symetrical and even. Red-orange in fall. Morning sun will enhance the red coloration but shelter it from hot afternoon sun in the hot Sacramento Valley. Very pretty tree. 
Crimson Prince To 21' . Red leaves in spring and summer. Red in fall. Attractive upright form regularly draws compliments from visitors. Outstanding tree that is easy to grow and not commonly seen elsewhere. Will take considerable morning sun as well as some afternoon sun but we suggest a location where afternoon sun isn't overly intense or prolonged. 
Crumple Leaf To 18'. Red leaves in spring and summer. Gold to orange or red in the fall. Wide, interesting "crumpled" appearing leaves. Will take some sun, but protect from hot afternoon sun. Probably our most unusual and distinctive tree in the nursery at the present time. 'Red Rugose' is similar. 
Debbie's Golden Splendor 
Dad's Best  
Dr. Seuss Supposedly to 6 or 8' but we think this tree will more likely mature at an 9-12' height. Small green, delicate, asymetrical leaves in spring and summer. Some variegation on newer leaves. Beautiful gold and red in the fall. Very delicate shape and form, with a wispy appearance. Best in some morning sun and protected from afternoon sun. Similar to Kamagata. 
Ed Wood Green leaves in spring and summer. Red, orange, and gold in fall. Filtered light. One of the owner's favorites!
Elegans Bright yellow green leaves in spring, darkening in summer, the turning a striking orange in fall! To 10' or so with a wide form. Good in morning sun and afternoon shade.
Elmwood Small green leafed tree to 6' or so with yellow, gold, and orange color in autumn. Morning sun and afternoon shade.
Emmitt's Pumpkin Nice broad leaves typical of other japonicums, turns brilliant scarlet-orange in fall. New for us; we think it will be about 15' tall, maybe more.
Emperor I To 18' or more. Red leaves in spring and summer. Red in fall. Sun tolerant. Similar to "Bloodgood", but slightly more vigorous, slightly more upright and taller when young, and leafs out a little later.
Englishtown
Enkan To 10'. Red linear leaves. Holds red color well. Small, attractive, upright tree. Good for small gardens. Likes some sun for good red color but best with some shade in the hot afternoon.
Ever Autumn To 12-18'. Green leaves in spring and summer. Exceptional fall color of orange-gold-red. Takes some morning sun, but best protected from intense afternoon sun.
Fairy Lights To 3'. Distinctive green leaves in spring and summer. Gold and scarlet in fall. Filtered light. Lovely, dimunitive shape with a full lacy leaf. One of Laurie's favorites.
Fall's Fire Green leafed tree with outstanding fall coloration in reds, oranges, and golds. Morning sun and afternoon shade.
Fascination Green matsumarae leaves turn gold in the fall. The shape of this tree is the "fascination". It's similar to the older Omureyama, with a lovely pendulous form. It's a little like a lace-leaf tree with that weeping form but it's more upright and taller, eventually growing to 12-15'. And equally "fascinating" is the tendency to have striations or striping on the trunk. We suggest growing this with afternoon shade in the Sacramento Valley.  
Fireglow To 12-15'. Red leaves in spring and summer. Red leaves in fall. Sun tolerant. A smaller version of "Bloodgood" with exceptional translucent leaves like shards of stained glass. Nice shape-upright and often with a single trunk. One of Faye's favorite Japanese maples. A nursery and customer favorite. Highly recommended.
First Ghost Small tree to 13' or so with pale variegated leaves and contrasting skeletal-like green veins. Filtered light is good for this tree. 
Fjelljeim To 9-15'. Red coral bark in winter. Green leaves in spring and summer. Gold leaves with red coloration in fall contrast nicely with the coral bark. Takes some sun, but best protected from hot afternoon sun. Good container plant or can be used as a shrub or small  tree in the garden. Sometimes considered to be a dwarf Sango Kaku; the coral bark is similar but the mature shape of the tree is bushier and more shrub-like.
Fukinagashi To 5' or so. Green linear leaves. Nice tree for a small garden or container. New for us, but we suggest either morning sun but shaded in the afternoon or light shade all day.
Fujiyama-. Green matsumurae leaves, New variety for us but we think it may be grow to about the 12-18' range, which is average for this type of tree. Wonderfully attractive leaves. Morning sun and afternoon shade is best.
Garnet Tower -A red version of the popular 'Seiryu'! New. Estimated height is 12-15'. Red lace leaves on an upright tree. Morning sun will bring out the red color best and it may take sun but we suggest afternoon shade until more is known about how this tree does in the Sacramento Valley and Foothills.
Ghost Dancer 
Glowing Embers  To 10'. Spring leaves are rosy red, turning to green leaves summer with new leaves emerging red, like glowing embers above the summer green. Outstanding fall colors in shades of gold-orange-red. Takes some sun. 
Gold Reticulated Striking reticulated-type variegation on a pale creamy leaf in spring. Summer color is more green, then yellows and golds in the fall. Mature height is estimated to be 6-9' but it's new so nobody really knows. We strongly suggest some light shade for this one.
Gossamer Totally cool tree; it's reputed to be a hybrid between an Acer japonicum and an Acer palmatum. Green leaves turn gold, orange, and red in the fall, similar to it's possible Acer japonicum parentage. Grow this one in some shade in the hot Sacramento Valley.  
Grandma Ghost Reticulated variegation has veins of green over a background of amber-pink coloration. New tree, estimated mature height is 8' or possibly more. Light shade is best.
Ground Cover -One of the few cascading or weeping Japanese maples with palmate or star-shaped leaves (two others are Jiro Shidare and Ryusen). Most cascading maples have dissected leaves so this one is unique. Green leaves. Growth habit is low, creeping along the ground. Grow it as a unique groundcover or in a pot. Morning sun is okay but needs shade in the afternoon. Not an upright, this should really be included in the Weeping Japanese Maple section but that section is for "Laceleafs" and this tree is an anomaly.
Green Flag  Possibly a cross between a shirasawanum maple and a palmatum, this tree has extremely attractive leaves and an upright, vase-shaped form. Average height is between 12.-18'. Filtered light or light shade is good.
Green Star To 20' or more. Vigorous upright tree. Lovely wide green leaves, tipped with a bit of pink in the spring turning to all green in summer then orange and gold in fall. Morning sun is okay but protect from intense afternoon sun. Uncommon but an outstanding green Japanese maple.
Hagoromo To 18'. Green leaves in spring and summer. Yellow-orange or red in fall. Seems to take sun well but is not yet on our sun tolerant list. Uniquely shaped leaves. One of the most unusual trees in our nursery.
Hansel 
Harusame To 9'. Green leaves in spring and summer. Red leaves dusted with yellow in fall. Sensitive to strong sun, best sheltered from hot mid-day and afternoon sun.
Herbstfeuer To 12-18'. Green leaves in spring and summer. Brilliant orange in fall. Morning sun with afternoon shade. German name means "Autumn Fire". Outstanding fall color.
Higasayama To 18'. Variegated leaves, green with white margins. Pink-tinged margins in spring. Green and white in summer. Gold and red in fall. Takes some morning sun, but protect from hot sun mid-day and afternoon.
Hogyoku To 15-18'. Wide green leaves in spring and summer. Gold and Orange in fall. Best in filtered light, because the leaves are larger and greener but light morning sun gives better fall color. Classic good looks!
Hupp's Red Willow Similar to Beni Otake but the leaves are a deeper and darker red, and slightly larger. Some sun is helpful in developing good red color, but afternoon shade is desireable in hot climates.
Ichigyogi This tree is often planted in a trio that includes Osakazuki with it's red autumn color, Hogyoku with its orange fall color, and Icigyogi with gold autumn leaves. Nice  broad green  leaves and upright form. To about 18'. Morning sun and afternoon shade.
Iijima sunago To 18'. Variegated leaves with sand-dusted spots. Orange-red in the spring. Distinctive red-brown in the summer with unusual variegation. Gold and red in the fall. Lots of color change throughout the season! Takes sun in most locations with adequate water. A recent nursery favorite.
Inazuma Graceful red leaves give this tree a lovely cascading feel, however this is an upright tree easily reaching 20' or more. Fantastic autumn color in vivid shades of crimson. Morning sun accentuates the color and should take sun in most locations with adequate water. 
In The Pink Pink leaves in spring turn to green in summer then red in fall. New variety for us. Morning sun would accentuate pink coloration but afternoon shade is good in hot climates.  
Italy Red-A shorter 'Bloodgood' type maple with red leaves, crimson in the fall. To about 10' tall. Great tree if a small tree is needed. Slightly more expensive but worth it. Sun tolerant.
Itame Nishiki-Variegated leaves of green with cream, with lovely salmon-pink margins in the spring. To about 10' tall or so with a pleasing upright form, vase-shaped when young. Needs some light sun to bring out the pink, but best with morning sun and afternoon shade.
Japanese Sunrise To 20'. Bark is coral-red on one side in the winter, green on the other. Light green leaves in spring and summer. Gold and Crimson in fall. Very sun tolerant. Not a good tree for deep shade. Vigorous tree. Striking maple. Bark colors up better when placed in a permanent postion, rather than being moved around in a pot. Vigorous and fast growing.
Jiro Shidare-This atypical tree has palmate leaves combined with a cascading form. Branches can be contorted and interesting. Green leaves turn crimson in the fall. To about 9' tall. Takes morning sun, but leaves and exposed branches may burn in afternoon sun. One of Laurie's favorite trees.
Johin-Nice shirasawanum maple. Not as touchy in this area as shirasawanums like Aureum. Lovely red leaves, fading to bronzy green in late summer, with good fall yellow color. To 20' or so. Some morning sun brings out the reds in the leaf, but afternoon shade is a must.  
Johnnie's Pink Hawthorn-like leaves are pink in spring turning to a bronzy red, then bronzy green in summer. Small shrub-tree. Try it in a small garden or a container.  
Jordan-Another nice shirasawanum, with yellow spring leaves with a bit of orange on the margins. The leaves turn a nice yellow to yellow-green in the summer, with good fall color. Forms a nice upright but small tree. Shiraswanums usually prefer a bit of shade in the Sacramento Valley but customers are telling us that this one takes quite a bit of sun! We'll tell you "morning sun and afternoon shade" if you ask us, but customers are suggesting a sunnier location. 
Jubilee 
Kagero To 12'. Variegated green and white leaves in spring and summer. Shade.
Kagiri nishiki  To 18'. Variegated green leaves with white margins, with pink in the spring. Pink fades in the summer leaving green and white. Rose-crimson in fall. Will take some morning sun, but best with mostly shade.
Karusu Gawa To 13'. Variegated leaves with green, white, and lots of pink! Pink fades as the summer progresses. Rosy red in fall. Filtered light.
Kasagi Yama-Striking reticulated variegation with brick red coloring with undertones of green accented with distinct green/red veining pattern. Foliage coloring fades to pastel shades by summer then turns vivid red in fall. Can grow to over 20' or so.
Katja To 13'. Lovely green foliage emerges pink in spring and leaves have bronzy tips in early summer. Vigorous. Morning sun, afternoon shade.
Katsura To 12-18'. Pastel yellow and orange leaves in the spring. Light green leaves in the summer. Yellow-orange with red in the fall. Takes morning sun, but is sensitive to afternoon sun in the summer. Vigorous. Does particularly well growing under a large deciduous tree where it gets winter sun followed by light summer shade when the larger tree leafs out. Outstanding spring color, vigorous growth, and a pleasing upright shape. A nursery favorite.
Katsura Hime -A semi-dwarf form of Katsura.
Ki hachijo  To 12-18'. Green leaves in spring and summer. Wonderful fall color in yellow-orange-gold overlaid with rosy red. Morning sun okay but protect from afternoon sun.
Killarney-Soft green in the spring turning to a clear green color in summer. Fall colors are rosey-orange to fiery red. Unusual but pleasing shape, with a flattened top. Small tree. Okay with sun in the morning, but afternoon shade is best.
Kinran To 9-15'. Green leaves with red margins and overtones in spring. Green in summer. Gold and crimson in fall. Nicely shaped. One of Laurie's favorites. Uncommon. 
Klass Red 
Kogane Sakae- Light green bark with striations. Green leaves turn gold and orange in fall. Upright to well over 20', possibly to as much as 40'  depending on growing conditions. Morning sun and afternoon shade.
Koshibori nishiki To 7'. Variegated leaves are light, bright green. Spring leaves have red margins. Variegation is subtle sand-dusted flecks of yellow showing in spring and summer. Protect from afternoon sun.
Korean Gem 
Korean Maple (Pseudosieboldianum) Rare in cultivation, this hardy tree has lovely bright green leaves, rather large for a Japanese maple. Fantastic fall color, even in at lower elevations where the cold isn't as intense as the mountains or foothills; in those locations the fall color is superb! A nice open pattern of branching, often multibranching. Variable in height but usually 25-30 feet. Hardy in high elevations and cold climates; grows in the Sacramento Valley as well but plant it in a cool location for best looks. Takes morning sun but afternoon shade will promote the cooler conditions it prefers.
Koto no ito To 6-12'. Narrow green linear leaves. Green in spring and summer. Gold and orange in fall. Thin, narrow leaves are somewhat sensitive to hot sun, so protect from mid-day and afternon sun. Faye and Laurie like this tree.  
Krazy Krinkle Unusual crinkled green leaves.
Kurabuyama Leaves have russet overtones in the spring turning to green in summer and gold with orange and crimson highlights in fall. Small tree to about 13'. Light shade or morning sun and afternoon shade. Uncommon but nice tree. 
Kurui Jishi Similar to Okushimo with small dark leaves that curl or roll inward slightly. Slow growth to about 6' or so. Very nice shape. Grow it in either light shade or morning sun and afternoon shade. 
Lilian's Crown Jewel Phenomenal variegation in red, rosy pink, green, cream. Vivid reds in fall. Mature height is estimated to be 12'-15'. We'd give this one some morning sun, then afternoon shade.  
Lion Heart  To 6-12'. A upright dissectum. Red leaves in spring and summer. Deep crimson in fall. Takes some sun, but protect from hot intense afternoon sun.
Lozita To 12-15'. Beautiful wide red leaves in spring and summer. Bright red in fall. Takes some sun but protect from hot afternoon sun.
Lutescens To 18-20'. Gorgeous wide leaves. .Yellow-green in spring. Green in summer. Beautiful gold in the fall. Protect from afternoon sun.  
Margaret Bee To 12-18'. Red leaves in spring and summer. Bright red in fall. Sun tolerant! Good narrow upright form make it a great tree to plant in a limited space. A customer favorite.
Matsu ga e  To 9-15'. Green, white, and rose variegated leaves in spring turning green and white in summer, although mature trees often have plain green leaves. Gold and red in the fall. Many claim that this tree takes full sun.
Matsumurae-Lovely green leaves on an 18' tree. Classic Japanese maple form.  Morning sun and afternoon shade.
Matsuyoi Wider leaves fold or twist together slightly giving a somewhat feathery or windswept appearance. Green leaves turn gold and orange in fall. To about 13' tall and quite wide. Without training, the natural shape can be either wide and layered or have a layered windswept look. 
Meigetsu This is an Acer japonicum with the typical attractive wide leaves of the species. Great fall color!!! To 18' or so, possibly more in deep soil and perfect growing conditions. Filtered light is best.
Meijishi The female form of Shishigashira and interchangeable. The name means ''female lion'". See Oijishi for the male counterpart.
Midori No Tiboku A dwarf green laceleaf, it used to be called "V Corbin" (Viridis Corbin, the Corbin after Dr. Corbin who discovered it) and we still have signs with this name in our shed from when we first stocked it. It's quite low, 3' or so, and spreading with a prostrate habit. Uncommon so call first for availability. Light shade is good for this tree. 
Mikazuki Spring leaves have strong pink overtones and green reticulated veining turning to green in summer and then bright orange in fall. Small tree to 8' tall. Grow it in light shade.
Mizuho Beni To 12-18'. Pastel oranges and yellows in the spring. Light green in the summer. Bright red in the fall. Summer shade is best. Similar to a "Katsura" Japanese maples.
Moonfire To 9-15. Red leaves in spring and summer. Crimson in fall. Sun tolerant. A beautiful mature Moonfire gets lots of attention in our display garden. A customer and nursery staff favorite. Highly recommended.
Moonrise-new to this nursery! A shirasawanum cultivar with pastel leaves in spring. Outstanding new cultivar. Similar to 'Autumn Moon' but has better color. Filtered light is best for this tree.
Muro Gawa Wide red leaves on an upright 20' tree that is slightly narrower than other Japanese maples, maybe 12-15' wide. Red leaves change to bronzy oranges and bronzy green throughout the summer and then to orange, orange-red, scarlet, and crimson in fall. Morning sun will bring out the best color. 
Nancy's Legacy 
Naruto To 12'. Green leaves in spring and summer. Light orange to red in fall. Interesting leaves have slightly curled margins and silvery underneath, giving the leaves a shimmery look in a breeze. Takes morning sun, but protect from hot afternoon sun. Exceedingly rare! 
Nishiki Gawa See Pinebark Maple
Ogura Yama To 12'. Green in spring and summer with attractive pink seeds like flowers. Orange and scarlet in fall. Takes some sun, but protect from hot afternoon sun. Faye likes this tree.
Oisami To 20'. Green in spring and summer. Red, yellow, and scarlet in fall. Filtered light or morning sun only.
Oijishi The male counterpart to Meijishi or female Shishigashira, the name means "male lion". This one is slightly different than Shishigashira with slightly larger leaves and smaller more dwarf like growth and form.
Okagami To 12-18'. Red leaves in spring and summer. Red in fall. Takes morning sun, but protect from hot afternoon sun.
Okukuji Nishiki Variegated green and cream leaves similar to the popular 'Butterfly' but smaller and more compact. 
Okushimo To 18-20'. Green leaves in spring and summer. Gold in fall. Small leaves have unusual rolled margins. Tree is a nice upright vase shape. Morning sun; protect from afternoon sun. Unusual tree. We have a mature speciman growing near our pond. 
Olsen's Frosted Strawberry Customers love this tree! Gorgeous reticulated veination on the leaves; pink overlaid with green. Stunning! A new variety, we don't know the mature height but probably 12' or so. Filtered light would be good.
Omato To 20'. Green leaves in spring and summer. Rich red in the fall. One of Faye's favorite trees. Similar to Osakazuki. Sun tolerant!
Omureyama To 12-18'. Green leaves in spring and summer. Gold and crimson in fall. Weeping, willowy branches. Morning sun, protect from afternoon sun.
Orange Dream To 6-12'. Orange and yellow leaves in the spring. LIght green leaves in the summer. Yellow gold in the fall. Prefers light morning sun or light shade. One of Faye's favorite trees.   
Oranges and Lemons Great spring foliage! Bright yellow and orange colored leaves in the spring. Green in summer, turning to deep orange in the fall. A new tree for us, size is estimated at "a medium sized shrub/tree". Filtered light or light shade.
Oregon Fern Green leaves in spring and summer. Ruby red in the fall. Filtered light.
Oregon Sunset To 12-15'. Red in the spring and summer. Vivid sunset red in the fall. Sun tolerant.
Orido nishiki To 12-18'. Also called Oridono nishiki. Variegated green, white, and pink leaves in spring and summer. Red in the fall. Shade or light morning sun. Has variegated stripes on trunk and branches. Good variegated cultivar. This tree is one of the best variegated trees because of it's vigor and good growth. Nice upright, rounded shape make it a good Japanese maple for a garden.
Osakazuki To 18-20'. Green leaves in spring and summer. Intense crimson in fall. One of the best trees for red fall color. A nursery favorite. Sun tolerant.
Oshio Beni To 18'. Orange-red leaves in spring. Bronzy-green in summer. Bright scarlet in fall. Takes sun. Similar to Boskoop Glory. 
Otaki-Large green leaves turn red, crimson, orange, and gold in fall. To about 13'. Filtered light.
Otome Zakura-Bright rosy-red leaves in spring turn green in summer, then red in fall. Semi-dwarf tree from 6-12 feet or so. Morning sun is good, with afternoon shade. This is one of our customers' favorites in the group of trees with pink and coral leaves in the spring. Outstanding color in the spring!!!
Palmatum (from seed) To 20'. Green leaves in spring and summer. Red and gold in the fall. Seed grown trees are variable in their sun tolerance but most green seedling trees are sun tolerant. Some of the most beautiful trees in our nursery are seed grown ones!!!
Peaches & Cream To 6-12'. Striking variegated leaves the color of pink peaches in white cream with green margins in the spring and summer. Yellow in fall. Shade. Faye suggests putting this on a shady path where you can appreciate the distinctive leaves. A nursery favorite.
Peve Multicolor New variety for us. Green leaves frosted with white and pink. We think it will be 6' in height, possibly more. Shade.  
Phoenix- Spring leaves are a bright pink color with a reticulated yellow-green veination. Color lasts until mid-summer until it changes to green. Fall color is bright-orange-red. To about 16' tall. Morning sun, afternoon shade.
Pine Bark-Similar or identical to Nishiki Gawa. Possibly a generic name for any of the pine-bark maples. As the tree matures, the bark roughens and becomes thick and cork-like, much like a pine tree. Leaves are green and turn yellow with red overtones in the fall. Can reach 20' or so, given time. Great for bonsai! Morning sun and afternoon shade.
Pseudosieboldianaum (Korean Maple) To 20'. Green leaves in spring and summer. Fall foliage is red and gold. Cool location with filtered light is best. Unusual, hard to find tree. Takes very cold climates well. 
Punk IL 
Purple Ghost To 12'. Purple-red leaves with subtle vein-pattern in spring and summer. Red in fall. Takes sun. Faye and Laurie both like this tree. A customer favorite also. 
Rainbow A new tree, we think this will eventually grow into a small 12-15' tree at maturity. Gorgeous rainbow rose colored variegation turning brilliant red in the fall. One of the best trees we've stocked; we wish we could get more of these each year. Some sun will bring out the best color but we still think a little afternoon shade would be appreciated.  
Red Baron To 16'. Red leaves in spring and summer. Red in fall. Leaves are wider than many Japanese maples. Customers say this tree takes full sun and we are considering adding it to our Sun Tolerant List in the future.This tree is vigorous and always looks good. Nicely shaped small tree. 
Red Dawn To 20'. Red leaves in spring and summer. Orange-red in fall. Takes sun and some Foothill customers have suggested adding it to our Sun Tolerant List, but we still suggest protecting from hot intense afternoon sun. A customer favorite.
Red Pygmy To 6'. Red linear leaves in spring and summer. Red in fall. Needs some sun for good color but we suggest protection from intense afternoon sun in hot locations.
Red Rugose -Similar to 'Crumple Leaf'. Thick red leaves. Small tree. Takes morning sun and possibly afternoon sun as well with sufficient and regular water. Very unusual tree.
Red Spider Nice red linear leaves. Lacy appearance. Upright to about 13' or so. Morning sun will bring out the outstanding coloration, afternoon shade will prevent excessive burning.
Rhode Island Red Great small red tree!!! Red leaves in spring and summer turn a crimson red in fall. Mature height is 6-9' tall. Tolerates direct sun. One of Joe's favorites.
Ruth's Red To 15-18'. Red leaves in spring and summer. Red in fall. Protect from afternoon sun. Very dark red leaves!
Ruby Red  
Ryumon Nishiki Leaves emerge in spring with pink overtones and some variegation, though it is often minimal, plain green in summer, then gold with red highlights in fall. Upright growth to about 10' and somewhat bushy. Nice small tree with a little training. 
Ryusen-This cascading tree has ivy-like green leaves and branches that trail down. Hard to find. This tree may cost more because of limited quantities, patents, and royalties but it's worth every bit!!!
Samarai Sword To 18' or more at maturity. Deep red leaves in spring and summer turn crimson in fall. A new tree for us but we feel confident that it will take the Sacramento sun well.  
Sango kaku To 18-20'. Light green leaves in spring and summer. Gold in fall. Coral-red bark in winter. This is the classic "Coral Bark Maple". Sun tolerant and will take all day sun with sufficient water but as with many Japanese maples, it appreciates a little afternoon shade.
Saoshika To 9'. Green leaves in spring and summer. Golden yellow in fall. Protect from afternoon sun.
Sawa Chidore Outstanding reticulated variegation. Soft amber pink coloration turning to a lovely amber with green veins. Summer color is more cream color over green veins with traces of pink. Fall color is bright red. Filtered light or light shade.
Sazanami To 12-18'. Green leaves in spring and summer. Gold and red in fall. Shape is upright with horizontal layers of branches in an attractive pattern. Gives a subtle but dramatic effect in the garden. Very good for a Japanese garden, but works well in other gardens as well. Protect from hot fternoon sun. One of Laurie's favorites.
Scarlet Wonder
Scolopendrifolium Also called 'Atrolineare'. We're not sure who thought of either of these two names but think both names have too many vowels. Scolopendrifolium aka Atrolineare has beautiful deep red willow-like leaves and is small, about 13' tall, with a nice form and dense attractive growth. 
Scoloparent To 6-9'. Green linear leaves in spring and summer. Yellow in fall. Protect from afternoon sun.
Searle's Vareigated To 12-15'. Variegated green and white leaves in spring and summer. Yellow and orange in fall. Shade.
Seiun Kaku 
Seriyu To 15'. Lacy green leaves in spring and summer. Tiny pink flower-like seed pods. Crimson and gold in the fall. Sun tolerant. A gorgeous mature specimen is growing in the nursery. A customer favorite.
Seuss's Sister To 3-6'. Green leaves spring and summer. Yellow and red in the fall. Dappled light or morning sun will keep it looking great but protect from afternoon sun.
Sherwood flame To 12-18'. Red leaves in spring and early summer. Red in fall. Lovely tree; there is a mature specimen growing in our display garden. Each spring birds frequently build nests in this tree. Protect the tree from afternoon sun.
Shigarami (Saku) To 6-12'. Green leaves with red tips in spring. Green in summer. Red, orange, and yellow in fall. Takes some sun or dense shade. Mature trees have a horizontal layered appearance on an upright tree, as wide as it is tall, spreading, outstanding. Always looks good.  One of Laurie's favorite trees.
Shigatatsu Sawa To 12-15'. Variegated creamy green leaves with darker green veins in spring and summer. Red in fall. Shade. Striking coloration.
Shigi No Hoshi Similar to Shigatatsu Sawa, this tree has variegated leaves in spring with a creamy green leaf and green reticulated veining. Some variegation is retained in summer with the cream turning to green. Fall color is yellow. Shrubby tree to 10'. Best in filtered light or light shade. 
Shigure Bato Very attractive small tree to 10'. Leaves are feathery and emerge with strong overtones of red which turn to a nice green in the summer and then gold with crimson highlights in fall. Lovely tree for a small garden setting. Not an afternoon sun tree but takes morning sun well or plant in a location with light shade. One of Joe's favorites. 
Shindeshojo To 9'. Bright pink in the spring. Green in the summer. Bright red in the fall. Takes sun in most locations with sufficient water.  A nursery favorite in the spring. 
Shin Hikasa
Shinobuga Oka-Green linear leaves. To about 16'. Morning sun and afternoon shade.
Shirazz NEW Unbelievably bright pink! Variegated intensely-pink leaves in spring. Leaves retain the pink color in summer along with soft green and cream variegation. Vivid red in fall. Best with significant morning sun to enhance the brilliant coloration. Sun tolerant in most locations with sufficient water. 
Shishigashira To 12-18'. Dark green leaves in spring and summer. Gold with crimson in fall. Compact growth. Protect from afternoon sun.
Shishio improved (Chishio Improved) See description above under Chishio improved. (Newest name is Shin Chishio or Shin Shishio). 
Shojo nomura To 12-16'. Red leaves in spring and summer. Scarlet red in fall. Late fall color. Sun tolerant. A mature specimen is growing in the nursery.
Sister Ghost Variegated foliage. Creamy green leaves with green veins. Looks great in a shady location and prefers either some shade to prevent burning. Small tree to maybe 12 or 13' tall. 
Suisei Green finely dissected leaf similar to the more common 'Filagree'. Pretty leaf. Low cascading form makes it nice for a container. Likes bright shade.
Suminagashi To 12-18'. Red in spring and early summer. Crimson in fall. Takes sun, but protect from hot afternoon sun. A mature tree is growing in our Japanese garden. One of Laurie's favorites.
Summer Gold Our most talked about Japanese maple! Yellow leaf color is striking and lasts all summer. New spring leaves are orange-yellow turning to yellow and chartreuse through the summer and then bright yellow in the fall. Upright to 12-15' tall, although exact mature height is uncertain because it's new. Can take some sun too! Outstanding new tree! 
Superbum Alternate name for 'Attraction'. Pronounced "Superb Um" not "Super Bum". We prefer the correct name 'Attraction'. Nice red leaves on an upright tree to 20' or more. Crimson in fall. Takes sun. 
Swat Margaret Great small red leafed tree! Not commonly available which is too bad because it's a good little tree! Takes morning sun well. 
Tana To 12-18'. Green leaves in spring and summer. Gold and red in fall. Branches and structure have a layered appearance. Protect from afternoon sun.
Tennufolium
Tiger Rose To 6'. Green patterned leaves in spring and summer. Gold in fall. Protect from afternoon sun. Nice tree for a container.
Tobiosho To 12-18'. Green leaves in spring and summer. Scarlet in fall. Outstanding fall color! Fairly tolerant of sun.
Twombley's Sentinel Columnar shaped tree. Brilliant rosy red color in the spring, darkening in the summer to a rich red. Fall color is crimson and scarlet. Knockout color, narrow form, a customer favorite.
Trompenburg To 12-18'. Distinctive red leaves in spring and early summer. Crimson in fall. Upright shape. Leaf margins have a subtle curl. Sun tolerant but best in a location with at least a little afternoon shade. A mature tree is growing in our display garden. One of Laurie's favorite maples.
Tsuchigumo To 6-12'. Green leaves in spring and summer. Gold and red in fall. Protect from afternoon sun.
Tsukebane Beautiful wide green leaves. Spring color is tinted red then turning to green in summer. 
Tsukushi Gata Nice wide star-shaped deep-red leaves, almost black in color, with contrasting green veins. Average height for a Japanese maple, about 15' tall. Takes some sun, especially morning sun.  
Tsuma Beni To 9'. Green leaves tipped with red in spring. Green leaves in summer. Red, orange, and gold in fall. Protect from afternoon sun.
Tsuri Nomai 
Ueno yama  To 12-18'. Pastel yellow and orange in early spring. Light green in summer. Orange and yellow in fall. Protect from afternoon sun. One of the earliest maples to leaf out. Laurie likes this tree.
Ukigumo To 9' or sometimes slightly more. Variegated green leaf with subtle tiny dots of white and pink in spring and summer. Gold and red in fall. Shade. One of the best and most unusual of variegated trees. 
Ukon (Aoyogi) To 15-20'. Green leaves in spring and summer. Gold and orange in fall. Bright green bark contrasts well when planted next to one of the Coral Bark Japanese maples. Protect from afternoon sun.
Uncle Ghost Another tree with reticulated variegation, creamy pale green background flushed with bright pink with green veins. Red in fall. About 10' tall. A little morning sun is okay, but definitely protect it from afternoon sun.
US Murasaki
Vic's Broom An uncommon dwarf tree, originally selected from a witches broom.
Villa Taranto To 9'. Red linear leaves in spring and early summer. Gold and red in fall. Protect from afternoon sun.
Vitifolium Eventually to 20' or more. Broad green leaves in spring and summer. Crimson and vivid scarlet in fall. Shade is best. Laurie likes this tree.
Wakehurst Pink To 12-18'. Variegated green leaves flushed with pink with subtle pink dots and blotches in spring. Green in summer. Red in fall. Seems to take sun but we haven't tested it in a full sun location yet so our suggestion is morning sun with afternoon shade. We think it may take considerably more sun since it is vigorous and has looked great in every location we've tried it in so far! Looks nice all year. 
Weptumpka Red A shorter version of the classic 'Bloodgood', it reaches about 12' at maturity. Good red leaves in spring and summer turning crimson in fall. New for us but we're confident it will take the Sacramento sun well.  
White Sock Not White Socks or White Sox, just one sock.
Will D Also called Will's Devine
Wilson PInk Dwarf Bright rosy pink in the spring turning to salmons and apricots then green in summer. Bright red in fall. Likes sun and will grow in a sunny location but we haven't grown it yet in the most extreme locations so we still suggest a bit of shade in the hottest part of the afternoon. 
Winter Flame To 6-12'. Light green leaves in spring and summer. Yellow and orange-red in fall. Bright coral-red bark in winter. Protect from afternoon sun. A dwarf Sango Kaku culivar. Good in a pot.  
Winter Orange A new coral bark maple with coral-orange bark in winter. Height is expected to be 10-15' tall. Green leaves in summer. Fall colors are gold with red and orange highlights. Outstanding new addition to the coral bark family. We suggest morning sun and afternoon shade.  
Winter's Red A nice 'Bloodgood' type tree. Semi-dwarf tree to 12'. A 'witches broom" with the characteristic missi