Japanese maple trees are among the most popular specimen trees planted on North American lawns. Although their virtues certainly aren't limited to the fall season, they do, in fact, make excellent fall foliage trees. One challenge in conducting a general conversation about them is their diversity: different cultivars will have different leaf shapes; nor do they all turn the same color in autumn. This article serves as a basic introduction to the world of Japanese maple trees.
A common story I hear is how people start off by growing one type of Japanese maple tree but are so impressed that they then go out and buy another variety...then another and another. "Doesn't that get monotonous?" perhaps you ask. No, because no two Japanese maples in your yard need look alike. Japanese maple knows how to diversify -- like a smart investor.
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