Japanese maple (Acer palmatum) is a native tree of Korea, China and Japan and was introduced in the United States and England in the 1800s. Most Japanese maple varieties grow to a mature height of 15 to 25 feet and are commonly used a specimen or accent trees in the landscapes for their attractive purple-red to red foliage color. Japanese maples have optimal growing conditions in Dallas with their tolerance for alkaline soil, strong winds and drought. A number of Japanese maple cultivars thrive in the Dallas area.
Crimson Queen is recommended as one of the best Japanese maples for Texas by Keith Johansson, the owner of Metro Maples in the Dallas Forth-Worth Area. Crimson queen is favored for its lace-like red foliage of fine cut leaves. The delicate branches have a cascading growth habit. The tree grows to a mature height of up to 8 feet with a 10 feet spread and develops an umbrella-shaped canopy.
Metro Maples recommends Shin Deshojo as among the best Japanese maples for the Dallas, Texas area. The tree has small-sized, bright-red foliage, which resembles flowers from a distance. Shin Deshojo is a semi-dwarf variety that grows to a mature height of about 8 feet. It is also a popular cultivar for pruning into a bonsai or smaller tree suited to the patio. The new tree foliage is blue-green which eventually matures to a bright red with a yellow to red fall color.
Bloodgood is among the most popular Japanese maple varieties for Dallas and is also recommended as a good variety by Keith Johansson of Metro Maples. The tree has red, palm shaped foliage that changes to a purple-red hue during late spring. Bloodgood is fast growing, often growing nearly 2 feet in a year. The tree grows to a mature height of 20 feet with an equal spread. Bloodgood is well tolerant of full sun and the foliage often changes color to a bronze-green during the summer months.