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Plant Name Habit Zone Color Description
Acer griseum Broad Upright 5 Green Plant a specimen of the beautiful Paperbark Maple where its many features will provide drama throughout the year: in winter, massive branches that thicken with age display exquisitely peeling, orange-copper bark; in spring and summer, trifoliate leaves of rich green provide shade; and in fall, they change to brilliant red. Compact size, good health and hardiness also recommend this tree. Native to China.
Acer japonicum 'Aconitifolium' Broad Upright 5 Green 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.
Acer japonicum 'Green Cascade' Cascading 5 Green This cultivar of Fullmoon Maple is an extremely ornate selection with finely dissected, multi-lobed, emerald-green leaves. Its graceful, weeping habit forms a mounding, almost waterfall, appearance in the garden. Fall color ranges from brilliant yellow-orange to rich red.
Acer japonicum 'Rising Sun' Broad Upright 5 Green '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' Broad Upright 5 Green True to the name, the leaves of 'Vitifolium' resemble grapevine foliage, but they appear on a 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 'Aoyagi' Broad Upright 5 Green 'Aoyagi' means "green coral" and refers to the color of bark on the branches, stems, and twigs of this attractive tree. The bark color is subtle while the tree is in leaf, but after leaf drop, the color intensifies and makes a dramatic winter statement. Light green, spring and summer leaves change to comfortable gold in fall, making this a great garden tree for every season. Limited Availability
Acer palmatum 'Arakawa' Broad Upright 5 Green Gardeners who value winter interest will seek out this cultivar for its bark. Nicknamed Rough Bark Maple, the vigorous, upright tree develops cracks, creases and fissures that give it an aged look, even when young.  Whether contained, trained 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. Limited Availability
Acer palmatum 'Beni hime' Broad Upright 5 Variegated Flushing early in spring; the tiny, green leaves have pinkish orange margins. Spring leaves turn solid green in the summer only to have the multitones of color return again for the fall. This unique dwarf is popular with bonsai enthusiasts and is an ideal patio tree. Performs best in full sun.
Acer palmatum 'Beni shichihenge' Broad Upright 5 Variegated This tall palmatum produces dramatic foliage, a kaleidoscope of color and exceptional structure. Strongly variegated, blue-green and white leaves with pink-orange overtones change in fall to rich, red-orange. Showy petioles contribute crimson red to the mix. Variable leaf lobes are cut deeply, and some of them curve erratically. A vase-shaped habit with strong, vertical main branches and numerous small branchlets add to the desirability of this tree.
Acer palmatum 'Bloodgood' Broad Upright 5 Red 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' Broad Upright 5 Variegated 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 dissectum 'Crimson Queen' Cascading 5 Red Sculptural, cascading branches and finely dissected, colorful leaves make this classic selection one of the finest of the deep red laceleafs. Foliage emerges bright crimson, deepens to burgundy in summer and finishes with brilliant scarlet in fall, maintaining its color despite summer heat and humidity. The elegant, mounding plant produces a dense, broadly spreading structure that makes a dramatic impact near water, on a bank or in a courtyard scene.
Acer palmatum dissectum 'Ever Red' Cascading 5 Red As the name asserts, the leaves of this popular, older, red laceleaf maintain their burgundy hue, even in full sun. The highly regarded plant's delicately dissected foliage has an unusual characteristic: when red-pink new growth emerges in spring, it displays fine, silvery pubescence that produces a dew-like sparkle. A hint of green accents the red foliage in summer, and in fall, leaves take on orange to crimson-red tones. Use this sturdy selection with a refined look to contribute reliable color and an attractive Japanese style to the garden.
Acer palmatum dissectum 'Garnet' Cascading 5 Red Rich, red-purple foliage distinguishes this vigorous, spreading laceleaf, and its large, broadly dissected leaves maintain their color well despite heat and humidity. With a more upright habit than other mounding types, it is among the largest, so its handsome stature can be used to make a dynamic contribution to larger garden spaces, serving as a focal point or part of a mixed planting. Received Award of Garden Merit from the Royal Horticultural Society.
Acer palmatum dissectum 'Germaine's Gyration' Cascading 5 Green A vigorous, green dissectum, this charming selection boasts twisting, swooping branches that give the wider-than-tall tree a great deal of character and interest. Its finely dissected leaves are larger and darker green than those of the more common 'Viridis', and they display bronzy highlights, changing to bright, red-orange in fall. Selected by Bob Vandermoss, Portland, Oregon, this fast-growing tree was named by Andre' W. Iseli to honor his mother, Germaine.
Acer palmatum dissectum 'Inaba shidare'(Red Select) Cascading 5 Red One of the most vigorous of the laceleafs, this dense, cascading tree displays large, rich, purple-red leaves that hold their color well through summer. In fall, bright-red foliage glows against the lowering sun, and in winter, the distinctive tree shows off bare branches and a silhouette typical of a red dissectum.
Acer palmatum dissectum 'Orangeola' Cascading 5 Red 'Orangeola' has bright red-orange new growth that continues on the long cascading shoots even as the maturning foliage fades to a deep reddish green in summer. Fall color is a brilliant orange-red. It's strongly pendulous branches produce a superb spreading habit and will make a colorful centerpiece for your garden. 
Acer palmatum dissectum 'Red Dragon' Cascading 5 Red This up and coming red laceleaf selection has it all and could become the future nursery standard. It boasts bright-red, new growth that turns dark purple-maroon and maintains its color through hot summer months. In fall, flaming-scarlet foliage marks the end of the growing season. The vigorous, compact tree, with the finest scaffolding of all cutleaf Japanese Maples, grows slowly into a beautiful, cascading mound. Introduced to the U.S. from New Zealand in 1990.
Acer palmatum dissectum 'Red Filigree Lace' Cascading 5 Red This delicate maple has extremely fine, lace-like foliage that maintains its deep purple-red or maroon hue throughout the season. Use the outstanding, slow-growing specimen in a showplace setting, like a small entry or courtyard or in a prized, large container, and provide some winter protection in colder climates. Limited Availability
Acer palmatum dissectum 'Seiryu' Broad Upright 5 Green This green Laceleaf Maple, the only upright one offered by Iseli Nursery, is a vigorous tree with finely dissected leaves that are tolerant of heat. In fall, the foliage turns to a wonderful display of strong-gold, light-yellow, and crimson. Although upright, the tree maintains a compact stature, and its feathery leaves, which hold up well to heat, bring about dappled sunlight.
Acer palmatum dissectum 'Spring Delight' Cascading 5 Green 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. Plant in sun to partial shade.
Acer palmatum dissectum 'Tamukeyama' Cascading 5 Red First listed in 1710 in Japan, this extremely vigorous cultivar of superior quality has survived the test of time. Long, cascading branches produce spring foliage that is bright crimson and summer foliage that turns dark, purple-red and retains its color even in hot, humid summers. In fall, the rediscovered tree's foliage, which is bold and more coarsely dissected than other selections, changes to scarlet. The wider-than-tall cultivar performs beautifully by a water feature or enriching a Japanese style garden.
Acer palmatum dissectum 'Viridis' Cascading 5 Green The cascading, mounding form of 'Viridis' displays the classic branching of a Japanese Maple. Its bright green, delicately dissected leaves turn golden-yellow and red in fall. The well-known, green, weeping cultivar handles full sun or shade, and it produces vigorous growth but stays compact.
Acer palmatum 'Emperor I' Broad Upright 5 Red In spring, the leaves of this vigorous tree emerge deep purple-red. They retain the strong red, even tolerating the heat of summer, although shaded inner leaves may appear green. Dark red dominates the fall leaf color, and distinctive, almost black, bark stands out in winter. Discovered and developed by Richard P. Wolfe, Media, Pennsylvania.
Acer palmatum 'Fireglow' Broad Upright 5 Red The bright red leaves of 'Fireglow' have a luminescent quality and the best summer color retention of all upright, red palmatums. An intense cherry glow appears in fall. This well-branched Japanese Maple has a moderate growth habit and a broad crown in maturity, so it is appropriate for shading small courtyards and patios. Introduced by Fratelli Gilardelli Nursery, near Milan, Italy.
Acer palmatum 'Hogyoku'  Broad Upright 5 Green This sturdy, upright cultivar with a vigorous growth rate lives up to its Japanese name which means "a jewel". Thick, star-shaped leaves are shiny, rich green through spring and summer and turn vibrant butterscotch-orange in fall. Good heat tolerance.
Acer palmatum 'Iijima sunago' Broad Upright 5 Red The literal name of this sturdy form of Japanese Maple, "sand sprinkled", refers to a profusion of tiny, green spots that develop on red-brown leaves in late summer. 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. Give this selection room to grow: it matures at about 18-20'.
Acer palmatum 'Jiro shidare' Cascading 5 Green This small, distinctive Japanese Maple develops an elegant, cascading habit, with long, slender branches that drape down as the tree matures.  Small, widely-spaced, palmate leaves emerge red-pink in spring, mature to bright green in summer, and take on rich yellow-to-red fall tones. The beautiful tree, which may become wider than tall, makes a big impact in a small space. Limited Availability
Acer palmatum 'Kamagata' Broad Upright 5 Green This small, bushy Japanese Maple produces a dense array of branches and finely textured foliage, qualities that make it ideal for courtyard plantings, containers and bonsai. Small, green spring leaves are decorated with red margins; summer leaves are light green; fall changes them again to yellow-orange with an occasional touch of red. A hardy, durable dwarf that was selected by J.D. Vertrees. Limited Availability
Acer palmatum 'Katsura' Broad Upright 5 Yellow/Green 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-no-Ito' Broad Upright 5 Green The name 'Koto-no-Ito' means "harp strings", a reference to the string-like quality of this Japanese Maple's narrow, deeply divided leaf lobes.  It also has a dense, twiggy branch structure that works as the harp frame. The unique, divided leaves have a tinge of red in spring, stay green during summer and change to yellow in fall. Bright green bark and a graceful, elegant form carry the show in winter.
Acer palmatum 'Linearilobum' Broad Upright 5 Green Long, strap-like, green leaves give this tree a light, airy appearance. Its habit, quite unlike other maples–with a sturdy trunk, radial branches, and a low, wide crown---makes 'Linearilobum' a great choice for container culture. In fall, the foliage turns yellow. 
Acer palmatum 'Mikawa yatsubusa' Broad Upright 5 Green The leaves of this multi-branched, compact cultivar grow closely together and overlap one another like shingles on a roof, producing a dense leaf cover on a sculptural, nearly spherical form. New foliage, light yellow-green with red tips and margins, turns medium green as it matures. In fall, brilliant fiery red and darker red leaves create a dramatic show. Ideal in a small space, courtyard or near water. Prefers a cool site with moist, well-drained, woodland soil. Limited Availability
Acer palmatum 'Ogon sarasa' Broad Upright 5 Red/Green The common name, Gold Calico Cloth Maple, refers to colorful patterns on the foliage as it changes through the seasons. Leaves start out brick red, almost black, in spring, and change to green burnished with red-bronze in summer. Fall changes them again into a patchwork of gold-orange-red, all of them decorated with fine, green venation. In winter, the slow-growing tree shows off its attractive branching and wide, spreading crown.
Acer palmatum 'Ojishi' Broad Upright 5 Green Like 'Shishigashira', the female Lion's Head Japanese Maple, this cultivar, named for the mythological male lion of Japanese drama, displays short branches loaded with small, densely packed, rich green leaves. They produce a sculptural quality that seems to develop features, so when the foliage turns burnt-orange-gold in fall, a lion's head and mane are easy to imagine. Use this superb cultivar for small areas and for bonsai culture.
Acer palmatum 'Omure yama' Broad Upright 5 Green Spectacular color, highly dissected foliage and an elegant, cascading habit distinguish 'Omure yama’ as one of the best of the Japanese Maples. The leaves are nearly as divided as laceleaf cultivars, and the fall display of reds and golds is as dramatic as any. The noteworthy ornamental tree will command attention in gardens large and small. Full to filtered sun produces the best look.
Acer palmatum 'Orange Dream' Broad Upright 5 Yellow/Green Unusual and infrequently found in the trade, this Japanese Maple cultivar offers both unique form and color. Its upright habit produces a large shrub or a small tree, either of which boasts bright green bark. Plants also show off a chorus of leaf color in shades of pink to orange to yellow that changes from spring through fall. This selection appreciates afternoon shade.
Acer palmatum 'Osakazuki akame' Broad Upright 5 Green Broader growing than the standard 'Osakazuki', this selection shares the same sturdy stature and amazing fall color of the standard. Leaves are olive-orange in spring and change to green as they mature.
Acer palmatum 'Oshio beni' Broad Upright 5 Red Bright, orange-red, spring foliage softens into green with bronzed reddish overtones in summer. In fall, the medium-sized leaves become brick red and then luminescent scarlet. This mid-sized, upright maple is well-branched with a spreading canopy.
Acer palmatum 'Red Pygmy' Broad Upright 5 Red 'Red Pygmy' is an exceptional red Japanese Maple from Holland that has distinctive, narrow leaves. They arrive maroon in spring and hold their color through early summer, then gradually fade to green as summer winds down. The slow-growing, compact tree develops a broad, spherical shape, especially when compared with other linear types.
Acer palmatum 'Rhode Island Red' Broad Upright 5 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. From Rhode Island Nurseries, Middletown, Rhode Island.
Acer palmatum 'Sango kaku' Broad Upright 5 Green 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.
Acer palmatum 'Sharp's Pygmy' Broad Upright 5 Green This naturally compact seedling selection from Jimmy Sharp, Boring, Oregon, 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 'Sherwood Flame' Broad Upright 5 Red Distinctive branching gives this small garden tree a strong, formal look, and good heat tolerance keeps its red foliage red from spring through summer. In fall, leaves go reddish green first, then brighten to cherry red as the season progresses. Trees broaden with maturity to develop a rounded silhouette, which provides good winter interest, especially combined with bark that has distinctive silver striations. A seedling selected from 'Burgundy Lace' and developed by Will Curtis, Sherwood, Oregon.
Acer palmatum 'Shindeshojo' Broad Upright 5 Pink-Red Spring 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.
Acer palmatum 'Shinju' Broad Upright 5 Green The Japanese name means "pearl" and perhaps refers to the tree's fall color that possesses a quasi-iridescent quality. As if reflected light is producing glimmers of different colors, the fall foliage seems to shimmer with a display of pastels and apricot. Unusual and dramatic, the medium-sized, upright tree bears green, palmate foliage in summer and maintains an attractive silhouette in winter. Limited Availability
Acer palmatum 'Shishigashira' Broad Upright 5 Green This distinctive Lion's Head Japanese maple, also known as 'Meijishi', the name for the mythological female lion of Japanese drama, has upright branches that are thickly covered with dense layers of foliage. The small, green, heavily textured leaves coat the tree's outward spreading branches, and in fall, brilliant oranges and yellows arrive very late, which extends the season's dramatic color display. Aristocratic stature carries the show in winter.
Acer palmatum 'Tobiosho' Broad Upright 5 Green 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. This special garden tree was selected by and named for our production manager, Milt Tobie, in the fall of 1982.
Acer palmatum 'Tsukushi gata' Broad Upright 5 Red The deep red-black, dark-chocolate foliage of this small tree holds its surprising color all summer, when the star-shaped leaves change to scarlet before they drop. A rare form of Japanese Maple, it produces green seed set as well as green venation and bark, all of which contribute to a dramatic color contrast.
Acer palmatum 'Tsuma gaki' Broad Upright 5 Green In spring, the soft, pendant chartreuse leaves on this small, rounded tree sport dramatic edges of persimmon red, an effect that looks like many dainty leaf-hands with brightly painted "nails", In summer, the foliage continues to demand attention as it develops wide, deep-red margins and light-cream centers. The late Jean Iseli had a fondness for this tree.
Acer palmatum 'Twombly's Red Sentinel' Broad Upright 5 Red This vigorous, upright, red tree develops an unusually columnar habit that fits into a smaller space than forms with broad canopies. Leaves maintain their dramatic red color all season long, and after they drop, the branches continue the colorful display. They darken to a deep, warm red that stands out against the grays and whites of winter. Found by Ken Twombly, Twombly Nursery, Monroe, Connecticut.
Acer palmatum 'Ukigumo' Broad Upright 5 Variegated Known as the Floating Cloud Maple, this highly variegated cultivar displays striking colors on deeply cut foliage throughout the seasons. In spring, pastel green and pink leaves are decorated with spots, splashes and highlights of bright white variegation. In fall, leaves take on shades that range from apricot to fiery red. Elegant, low branching produces roughly equal height and width, making this an excellent choice for night lighting. The soft colors benefit from partial shade.
Acer palmatum 'Villa Taranto' Broad Upright 5 Red/Green The delicate beauty of this tree's spidery, thin foliage is enchanting.  The very narrow leaves emerge reddish-green in spring, mature to green with red overtones in summer and turn golden-orange in autumn. A compact, mounding form assures that the cultivar will maintain its perfect size for courtyard, entry or large container.
Acer shirasawanum 'Aureum' Broad Upright 5 Yellow The Golden Full Moon Maple is highly regarded for its beautifully shaped, colorful leaves. Especially in spring, the small, slow-growing, garden tree displays outstanding, glowing color. Yellow-green leaves brighten shadier spots through summer, before putting on orange and red hues in fall. Protect this maple from intense sunlight.
Acer shirasawanum 'Autumn Moon' Broad Upright 5 Yellow 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. Limited Availability
Acer x pseudosieboldianum 'Arctic Jade' Broad Upright 4 Green Arctic Jade® is a member of our Jack Frost® Series of hybrid maples and is an excellent substitute for the Japanese maple in harsh climate conditions. It has large, green, deeply cut leaves reminiscent of Acer japonicum ‘Aconitifolium’, with an excellent branching habit. The leaves’ last act in autumn is an impressive canvas for the dazzling fusion of orange and red tones.
Acer x pseudosieboldianum 'North Wind' Broad Upright 4 Green 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.
 

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