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Acer japonicum 'Yama kage'

The 'Yama Kage' Japanese maple cultivar is a magnificent selection made by the late Jim Schmidt. With its exceptionally large leaves and striking red fall color, this cultivar adds a unique and stunning touch to any landscape. It is named 'Yama Kage,' meaning Mountain Shadows, after the subdivision where Jim Schmidt lived. In just 15 years, it can grow up to 10-12 feet tall, making it a great choice for those looking for a big impact in their fall color palette. This cultivar is best suited for Zones 5 through 9, making it a versatile choice for a wide range of climates.



Acer palmatum 'Purple Ghost'

Acer palmatum 'Purple Ghost' is a striking Japanese maple cultivar that is highly sought after for its dynamic color and elegant growth habit. The name 'Purple Ghost' refers to the deep lavender and purple colors that adorn its large leaves, which are divided by a dark maroon reticulated vein. This cultivar is a slow-growing tree that can reach a height and width of 8-10 feet in 15 years. For the best color display, filtered evening sun is recommended. 'Purple Ghost' is a standout tree that adds a dramatic show of color to any landscape. This cultivar was selected by Talon Buchholz and is a must-have for any garden. This cultivar does very well in Zones 5 through 9.


Acer palmatum 'Kurenai jishi'

Kurenai jishi, also known as "the red Shishigashira," is a compact and dwarf Japanese maple that leafs out in early spring with a deep full red color and brighter new growth on a twisted mid-sized leaf. The leaves are tightly compact and dense around thick stems and a large trunk, giving it a dignified appearance. During summer, the leaves may turn green-red to green, and in fall, they display bright oranges to reds. Kurenai jishi grows up to 4.5 feet tall by 3 feet wide in 10 years, making it ideal for rock gardens, fairy gardens, conifer beds, containers, or small spaces in the landscape. This selection was named by Masayoshi Yano, a top maple expert in Japan, and was brought to the US in 2008. 'Kurenai' means deep red and 'jishi' often refers to a lion. It is well-suited for growing in Zones 5 through 9.


Acer palmatum 'Twombly's Red Sentinel'

In the late 1970s, Ken Twombly discovered a compact growth shaped mutation on a red bloodgood-type Japanese maple at a church in eastern Connecticut. He propagated the broom-like mutation and named it ‘Twombly’s Red Sentinel,’ which remains tall, upright, and narrow, making it an ideal mid-sized flag-pole-like tree for small spaces. This cultivar has bright red leaves in early spring, which mature to a deeper maroon by summer and then turn electric red in autumn. It will grow up to 8-10 ft in height by 3 ft wide in 15 years, making it perfect for use as a high-class hedge. ‘Twombly’s Red Sentinel’ is well-suited for growing in Zones 5 through 9.


Acer shirasawanum 'Moonrise'

'Moonrise' is an exceptional Japanese maple cultivar which is hardy, vigorous, and stunningly beautiful. The tree features large pink-red leaves that mature to chartreuse with pink-red highlights. It also has bright pink new growth during the summer, which provides a dynamic contrast to the older leaves that range from pink to chartreuse. 'Moonrise' is expected to grow 8-10 ft tall in 15 years and has bright fall colors ranging from oranges to deep reds. Carl Munn introduced this cultivar, and it received the 2016 Maple of the Year Award from the North American Branch of the Maple Society. It grows well in Zones 5 through 9 and is an excellent addition to any landscape.

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