Loose habit that stays fairly small, with fine green leaves featuring red edges in spring. In summer, leaves are green with bronze undertones. Fall foliage changes to yellow-orange with touches of red.
Best planted in a well-drained soil with high organic matter. Japanese maples are grown as specimen trees or multi-stemmed plants. Any pruning should be done in summer. Mulch well, but avoid heaping mulch against the stem. Most cultivars need full sun or partial shade.