Best Japanese Maples Varieties That Work Great in Containers


It seems as if many of you are interested in trees that are happy in small gardens, so I thought I would pass along these suggestions from Sunset Magazine on Japanese Maples that are good for container gardens.

  • ‘Fjellheim’ – In fall, green leaves shift to gold. A dwarf offspring of ‘Sango Kaku’, it has this parent’s coral red bark, which shows best in winter. Can reach 6 feet tall, 4 feet wide.
  • ‘Kamagata’ – New growth is tinged with red; green summer color; yellow-orange with red highlights in fall. Hardy to 0°. 3 feet tall and wide in 10 years.
  • ‘Mikawa Yatsubusa’ – This maple’s many trunks radiate out like stems on a candelabra. In fall, its foliage ignites in a blaze of orange. Grows slowly to 3 feet high and wide in a container.
  • ‘Sharp’s Pygmy’ – Green leaves turn deep orange to scarlet in autumn. 2 to 3 feet tall and wide.

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