Japanese maples are popular woody plants with more than 200 different varieties on the market for you to choose from. Here's a look at a few different varieties to help you choose the perfect one for your landscaping.
Beni hime or "red princess" a type of Japanese maple with tiny red foliage with each leaf only being about the size of a dime. One dwarf variety that looks completely different is called Koto no ito which means "harp strings." The name comes from its narrow foliage that's about half as wide as a shoe string. Another dwarf variety called Sharp's pygmy grows to about 4 feet tall and about 6 feet wide. It has a small green leaf that turns red in the fall.
One other variety of Japanese maple is the Mikawa Yatsubusa and it has a lot of unique characteristics. The leaves grow in a shingling pattern, which produces one layer of leaves after another. The leaves grow in clusters from internodes that are very close together on a branch, giving it its full and layered leaf growth. With these among so many other varieties of Japanese maple, you're sure to find one that's perfect for your yard.