The small leaves emerge chartreuse with orange-tinted margins, maturing to green, and finally to shades of orange and yellow in the fall. The vase-shaped shrub will become more rounded with age.
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.