Acer Palmatum

Portland Nursery is proud to offer a diverse selection of Japanese Maples; upright, dwarf and weeping varieties with leaves of red, green, pink, white or gold, and that is just their color in spring!

The following is a list of some of our favorite upright and weeping varieties. Please call us to learn more about our current selection.

Upright Group

Acer palmatum 'Aka Shigitatsu Sawa'

Acer palmatum ‘Aka Shigitatsu Sawa’

As new bud open the leaves emerge maroon. When fully opened the leaves have green veins with reddish pink and white tones. The color hold very well in spring. In summer they change to a strong greenish color. It is a rare selection and great specimen. Very unusual color combination. Can reach to around 9’ tall and wide.

Acer 'Bloodgood'

Acer palmatum ‘Bloodgood’

Bloodgood has become one of the most popular upright palmatums in the USA and Europe. Great deep dark red foliage can be almost a black red. Color holds well in summer. Can tolerate full sun, like other Japanese Maples afternoon protection is beneficial. Extremely beautiful with light reflecting through the foliage. Grows 15-18’ tall with a broad top with equal spread. In fall the color is bright crimson.

Acer 'Butterfly'

Acer palmatum ‘Butterfly’

Very impressive small leaf form with variegated leaves. The variegation is basically a cream color with bluish to pale green. Sometimes an entire leaf is cream colored. In spring there is noticeable pinkish tinged foliage when leaves first develop. In fall the cream variegation becomes magenta, creating a striking new appearance. It is a small tree to 9-12’ tall semi vase shaped. One of the most desirable of the variegated group.

Acer 'Orido Nishiki'

Acer palmatum ‘Orido Nishiki’

The variegations on this tree are extremely diverse. New spring foliage is bright pink, white, cream and green, sometimes entirely white. This cultivar does not produce as much non variegated foliage as some other forms. It also has a great natural shape. Orido Nishiki will grow to around 15-18’ in 15 – 20 years.

Acer 'Sango Kaku'

Acer palmatum ‘Sango Kaku’: Coral Bark Maple

The Coral Bark Japanese Maple is one of the most outstanding maples. Its brilliant coral bark color in winter can become almost florescent . It is most prominent on the newer wood. Leaves are bright green with reddish margin is spring. Then turn a typical Japanese Maple green in summer and in fall they turn yellow with golden tones. Sango Kaku has a nice thin texture. Grow to around 18’ tall, vase shaped. Great accent tree, it offers size, form and nice seasonal interest.

Acer palmatum dissectum: Weeping Group

The dissected foliage of Japanese maple is mostly found on the weeping types, although there are few uprights with cut leaves. Most are rounded shrub types with strong cascading weeping branches. Very old specimens may reach 12’ but it is very rare. They mature more broad than tall.

Acer 'Crimson Queen'

Acer palmatum dissectum ‘Crimson Queen’

The best for its persistence of deep red color. Best color in early spring. Crimson Queen will hold deep red throughout growing season. It has been seen to tolerate 100 degree temperatures with practically no sunburn. In fall the deep red will become extremely bright scarlet.

Acer 'Red Dragon'

Acer palmatum dissectum ‘Red Dragon’

Red Dragon is a superior new cultivar from New Zealand. This deep purple-red dissectum keeps its deep color in sun or shade better than any other red dissectum. The young leaves on this cultivar are a bright scarlet color in the spring, becoming dark burgundy as they develop.

The rich color holds well until it changes into an outstanding flaming scarlet in the fall. The growth habit is like a dwarf form of Crimson Queen. Red Dragon is a well branched, cascading mound reaching a height of 7-8 ft. in 15 years. It needs some protection from cold wind and summer drought.
Acer 'Tamukeyama'

Acer palmatum dissectum ‘Tamukeyama’

Young foliage deep crimson red which matures to purple red and hold color well. Bark and stems are a deep maroon. In 50 -100 years 13’ tall and wide. This cultivar will sunburn in full sun, otherwise a very hardy plant. Grows with a strong cascading habit. Extremely old cultivar listed as early as 1710.

Acer 'Viridis'

Acer palmatum dissectum ‘Viridis’

Bright green foliage holds well throughout summer. If exposed to extremely hot conditions foliage tips may burn. Partial sun will keep leaves bright all season. Fall color is spectacular with oranges and crimson colors. Strongly cascading with long droopy branches. Very old trees (75-100 years) have been seen 12’ tall and wide.