Some of the maples are forest trees, too large for most gardens. The Japanese maples, however, are shrubby species and are more suitable. Many Japanese maples have finely divided leaves, which are brilliantly coloured in autumn and often throughout the year. Some of the more delicate kinds need protection in winter in cold places. Maples grow well in rich, deep. Plant from October to March.
Of the Japanese maples, the following are recommended: Acer japonicum, 20 ft., all varieties.
A. palmatum, 10 to 20 ft., all varieties.
A.p. Septemlobum osakazuki, fiery-coloured leaves, particularly recommended.
Other fine specimens of maple which are suitable for the larger garden include: A. grosseri hersii (snake bark maple), 15 to 20 ft., marbled bark, streaked with white; colours well in autumn.
A. platanoides Crimson King (Golds-worth Purple), 60 ft., large, purplish-crimson leaves.