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Gardening FAQ: Deciding Which Size Japanese Maple to Buy

At Crooked Oaks, our love for the elegant Japanese maple is deep-rooted. We appreciate the many varieties and variations, from colors to shapes and sizes. Part of deciding which size Japanese maple to buy depends on a couple of factors.

What to consider when it comes to size

When it comes to deciding which size Japanese maple to buy for your space, there are two main questions to ask yourself.

First of all, what is your garden or landscaping vision overall? What do you want to do with your Japanese maple? Ask yourself a series of questions if you aren’t quite sure.

For example, do you want one big statement piece in your yard? Or maybe a subtle grouping for a naturally wild effect? Do you want to add a pop of color to a small space?

Once you have an idea of what you want and know where the tree will go, the second thing to consider is the tree’s final height.

In general, the varieties can be grouped as small, or dwarf, mid-size and “wow.” Smaller varieties such as the Velvet Viking, for instance, can be potted as well as planted. Smaller Japanese maples tend to be slow-growing and range from a few feet up to 8 feet wide and tall.

Mid-size Japanese maples would be a solid option for the natural grouping with heights ranging from 8 feet up to 10 feet. Finally, for the statement piece, you know what they say, “Go big or go home.” Certain Japanese maples mature at heights of 15 feet to 40 feet!

More about Japanese maples

When it comes to deciding which type of Japanese maple is right for you, there is more to consider than size. For more tips on picking the perfect one, read our blog, “5 Tips for Picking the Best Type of Japanese Maple for Your Property.”

You can also get good tips for planting and caring here, from when to plant to soil testing to watering.


If you still feel like deciding which size Japanese maple to buy is a big decision, our nursery staff will be happy to help. Stop by 768 Red Creek Road Tuesday through Friday from 9 a.m. to 5 p.m. to talk to our garden manager. In the meantime, find out more about us and our gardens when you continue to read our blogs.

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