Known for its red or green-colored leaves that display beautifully throughout spring, summer and fall, the Japanese maple tree often finds a home in backyard or landscape environments.
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The Japanese maple tree, Acer palmatum, grows at a slow to moderate rate, eventually reaching an average height of between 15 and 25 feet, according to North Carolina State University. It typically spreads to a width of between 10 and 25 feet with a dense, rounded top.
The University of Florida Institute of Food and Agricultural Sciences indicates that the Japanese maple grows best -- thus achieving its’ maximum height and spread potential -- in U.S. Department of Agriculture hardiness zones 5b through 8b. Considered large shrubs or small trees, smaller varieties of the Japanese maple are available.
The maximum height of a Japanese maple depends on the cultivar. The Bloodgood Japanese maple normally is slightly smaller, growing to 20 feet in height, while varieties like the Ever Red Japanese maple may be better suited for smaller environments; it typically achieves a height of no more than 15 feet with a similar spread. The same is true for the Dissectum atropurpureum Japanese maple.